Jamaica cop 63 medals at CAREBACO Champs
The Jamaicans stamped their dominance over their rivals by copping 63 medals at the 2014 staging of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF)/National Commercial Bank (NCB) Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Championships.
The championships was held at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology (UTech) Papine Campus from August 7 to 15.
Jamaica won 23 gold medals, 13 silver and 27 bronze in all categories -- Under-11, Under-13, Under-15, Under-17, Under-19 (open) and senior (open).
In the Under-11 girls' singles, Jamaica's Rihanna Rust beat fellow Jamaican Jade Thomas 21-8, 21-8, while in the mixed doubles, the pair of Jade Thomas and Matthew Robinson defeated fellow Jamaicans Rihanna Rust and Jordan Turner 21-19, 18-21, 21-18.
Jamaica's Zane Reid whipped fellow Jamaican Adam Taylor 21-15, 21-11 in the Under-13 boys' singles. Shezelle McTyson was equally effective in the girls' equivalent, beating Guyana's Priyanna Ramdhani 21-16, 21-13 in the final.
In the boys' doubles, Jamaica's pair of Zane Reid and Adam Taylor crushed T&T's Vance Juteram and Zion St Rose, and in the mixed doubles Jamaica's Shezelle McTyson and Adam Taylor whipped T&T's Waynetta Thomas and Vance Juteram.
In the Under-15 category, Jamaica's Joel Angus defeated Brandon Khillawan of T&T 21-13, 21-13 in the boys' singles. Tiana Daley went down 11-21, 14-21 to Barbados' Amanda Haywood in the girls' singles final, while Karie Dawson copped the bronze medal. The boys' doubles saw Jamaica's pair of Joel Angus and Rhys Reid beating T&T's Ihsaan Furlong and Brandon Khilawan 16-21, 21-10, 21-10, while the local pair of Tiana Daley and Shezelle McTyson defeated Guyana's Priyanna Ramdhani and Barbados' Amanda Haywood 21-11, 21-15 in the girls' doubles.
It was a clean sweep for Jamaica in the mixed doubles as Tiana Daley and Joel Angus got the better of Taliah Richardson and Dane Sinclair 21-9, 21-12 for the gold medal, while both pairs of Karie Dawson and Rhys Reid, and Victoria Paraqure and Marc Anthony Salmon copped bronze medals.
Jamaica's Shane Wilson got past Guyana's Narayan Ramdhani 21-19, 21-16 in the Under-17 boys' singles final. Mathew Lee and Dejon Wright captured the bronze. Esther Reynolds did not disappoint in the girls' singles as she whipped T&T's Jada Renales 21-15, 21-19, while Shantae Smith and Christina Hastings both copped the bronze medal.
In the boys' doubles, Jamaica's pair of Shane Wilson and Dejon Wright defeated Guyana's Jonathan Mangra and Narayan Ramdhani 21-17, 21-13; the girls' doubles pair of Alana Bailey and Esther Reynolds was also effective as they spanked T&T's Jada Renales and Ralitsa Wong, while the pair of Iesha Gordon and Shantae Smith and the pair of Lea Kirkcaldey and Anna Morrison had to settle for bronze. In the mixed doubles, Jamaica's pair of Alana Bailey and Shane Wilson defeated Barbados' pair of Amanda Haywood and Shae Martin 21-7, 21-17.