Barbados ready for squash challenge
Barbados senior squash queen Karen Meakins is likely to be the number one seed when she competes this coming Sunday at the Senior Caribbean Squash Championship scheduled for the Cayman Islands.
Meakins will lead a five-member female team which comprises of Alex Jordan, Nadia McCarthy and Muffin Stollmeyer, along with Meagan Best and Amanda Haywood, who recently won their respective categories in the under-15 and 17 divisions at the Junior Caribbean Squash Championship held recently in Barbados.
Speaking with sponsors Barbados TODAY, Meakins said she was very satisfied with how preparations were coming along for the August 16 to 22 tournament.
“I am very happy because the girls have put in a lot of work and we have been training now for four months as a team and everybody has been working really hard. The junior girls are fresh off of a good successful junior championship so they will play with a lot of confidence,” Meakins said about her squad which has a good mix of youth and experience.
Last year the Trident ladies went down 3-2 to Guyana in the finals of the Caribbean championship but Meakins, who is a 15-time national champion and also the reigning Caribbean squash champion, believes that if the younger players do much better this year the home team will have a very good chance of winning back the title.
The 43-year-old Meakins who is perhaps the most successful female squash player in the island’s history, admitted that it would not be easy playing Guyana who she said were tough customers. But, she added, Barbados were well prepared for the challenge.
She explained that the difference in preparation this year was their strength work that should give them the edge this time around.
“I think we have worked a lot more on fitness because the Guyanese tend to be a lot fitter because they are used to playing in very hot conditions so they are usually a very fit team. So we have been doing a lot more fitness and strength work so that we are better prepared to endure those long hard matches,” Meakins said.
Barbados last won the title back in 2012 while Guyana held the title both in 2013 and 2014 and would be seeking their third straight when these championships get underway.
Last year Guyana were without the services of World-ranked number 19 player Nicolette Fernandes but should she return it would definitely boost their chances of doing the triple. The championship will be held at the South Sound Squash Club in Cayman Islands.