TRINIDAD and Tobago players will swing into action in the individual events of the Caribbean Badminton Championships (CAREBACO) tomorrow in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The junior and senior tournaments are taking place simultaneously and this country’s only senior competitor is Arielle Gomez.
Solange Guzman, the Cuban who has been residing here for over three years and is in the process of becoming a citizen, picked up a silver medal in singles and also in doubles—with Virginia Chariandy Balwant—last year.
But the 28-year-old is unable to participate this year. Also out is injured two-time national champion Rahul Rampersad, who won mixed doubles gold alongside Guzman in the South American tournament last year.
Leon Cassie, crowned Caribbean Under-11 champ two years ago, is now the national Under-13 champ and he will be competing in this category.
Stephon Butcher and Marcus Alfonzo, the winner and runner-up, respectively in the Under-11 division in this year’s National Junior Championships, will be playing in this age-group.
The same is the case in the Under-15 division as both champs Niral Ramlal and Ralitsa Wong and runners-up Aleem Ali and Ananda Ramsingh are the representatives.
National Under-17 champs Will Lee and Jada Renales as well as national Under-19 champ Jason Ramjass, Johan La Bastide, Vikash Marajh, Brittany Mohammed and Tiffany Rampersad were involved in the team events over the weekend and they will also be involved in “individuals”.
Five-time national champ Sabrina Cassie travelled as coach while Derwin Renales, another former national player, is the assistant coach and former multiple champ and president of the Trinidad and Tobago Badminton Association, Zeudi Mack is the manager.