Mullings' exploits delight local squash fans
Jamaica finished fourth overall and the mighty Guyanese claimed their eigth consecutive title at the Caribbean Area Squash Association's 2012 Junior Championships which wrapped up on Thursday.
Guyana won the Girl's Team competition for the seventh year in a row, sealing the deal with a 4-1 defeat of Jamaica on the final day of play. The loss meant the Jamaican Girls placed fourth overall, down from their second place finish in last year's competition.
Regional rising stars Bermuda took the Boys Team title, relegating the OECS to second, and defending champions, Guyana to third.
The Jamaican Boys finished in fith place after beating Cayman on the final day of the competition which was held at the Liguanea Club in Kingston.
The overall fourth place finish is a drop in the ranks for Jamaica who were second to Guyana last year. However, hometown heroine, Alyssa Mullings gave the local crowd plenty to celebrate by winning the Under-15 Girls Championships, her third consecutive regional title.
In addition, 10-year-old Mia Mahfood was third in the Under-13 Girls competition and Jonathan Walker was third in the Under-13 Boys.
"We have learned a lot of lessons from this year's Championships which will help us to improve our Junior Programme in the future," said Gill Binnie, the Jamaica Squash Association's Junior Programme Administrator.
"We are very proud of Alyssa Mullings' achievement and we know that with hard work and dedication a lot of our other youngsters can reap similar success," she said.
Jamaica played host to more than 100 of the region's best junior squash players for the one-week tournament, which ran from July 20-26.
The 2013 Championships will be held in Trinidad and Tobago.