Young Badminton team in Aruba
When Barbados’ junior badminton players hit the courts at the Caribbean Badminton Championships (CAREBACO) 2016, in Vondel Laan, Aruba, from Monday, Joshua Valere will be representing Barbados courtesy of Bitt Inc., a Barbados-based digital asset exchange company.
“Our mission is to empower people. We don’t take that lightly. We particularly care about empowering the dreams of young, hard working people,” said Bitt’s chief executive officer and co-founder, Gabriel Abed.
Bitt’s empowerment drive is focused on giving Caribbean people the ability to send or receive money directly in seconds, thereby serving as an alternative to traditional banking – a service welcomed by the unbanked and those seeking convenience.
Valere, a 10-year old student of St Angela’s, is a 2016 national junior champion. He trains with the national team through the Barbados Badminton Association and coaches Caroline Vaughn and Shakeira Waithe. He benefits from additional training with coach Ali Forde of Elite Badminton and Fitness Academy.
In Aruba he is scheduled to partake in the Under 11 boys singles, mixed doubles and boys doubles.
Barbados have a strong presence at the championships.
The team comprises 22 juniors, six seniors and four officials and are due to participate in all categories of the annual championships.
This year’s meet consisted of the Under-19 International segment which ended yesterday, team juniors and seniors which started today and runs until Wednesday, the two-day junior games which start on Wednesday and the senior international which starts Thursday and concludes Sunday.
The team is managed by Rhonda Scantlebury. The juniors are coached by Shakeira Waithe and Caroline Vaughn; Kelvin Mallett is the coach for the seniors.
“We have high expectations of our players. They have prepared well and we thank the association, parents, sponsors and our hosts in Aruba for the support received,” said Waithe on behalf of the coaches.
The team’s performance can be monitored via www.bwfbadminton.com.