MULTIPLE national champions Solangel Guzman, Kerwyn Pantin, Anil Seepaul and Nekeisha Blake as well as rising stars Kristi Reno-Singh and Jada Renales are among 32 players selected to represent Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Championships from tomorrow in Jamaica.
The team events for both the junior and senior players will be contested until Sunday and the individual events will then take place for the next five days—until next week Friday.
Pantin, the defending and eight-time national champ, and five-time national champ Seepaul are at the helm the men’s team, which also contains Keston Friday and Alistair Espinoza.
The women’s quartet is comprised of five-time national champ Blake, Jade Joseph, Avril Plaza Marcelle and three-time defending national champ Guzman.
The Cuban, who is in the process of becoming a citizen, is also one of the coaches on the team.
The junior female team consists of national Under-19 champ Reno-Singh, Renales, the national Under-17 champ, Brittany Mohammed and Ralitsa Wong.
The four boys selected—Sheraz Nabbie, Adrian Nicholson, last year’s national under-17 champ Will Lee and national Under-19 champ Naim Mohammed—will also play in the Under-19 individual events, along with Reno-Singh.
Renales, Brittany Mohammed and Wong will compete in the Under-17 individual events, along with Jerome Charles, Renaldo Sinanan, Joshua Smith and Aleem Ali.
The players picked for the Under-15 individual events are Zane Juman, Michael Constantine, Ihsaan Furlonge and national age-group champs Brandon Khillawan and Ananda Ramsingh.
Vance Jeteram, Zion St Rose, Alkalif Blake, Stephon Butcher and Waynette Thomas will compete in the Under-13 category, while Travis Sinanan and Reece Marcano will be the Under-11 representatives.
Derwin Renales, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Badminton Association, is the junior coach and the assistant to manager Wendell La Bastide. Former multiple national champ Daron Dasent in the coach for the senior team and Leon Williams is the physiotherapist.