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Pan American champ for training camp in T&T

By Shammi Kowlessar

A PLAYER ranked just outside the top 50 in the world will be training among Trinidad and Tobago’s top badminton players from Monday.
Pan American champion Osleni Guerrero, the top-ranked player in the region and world No.53, and the other members of the Cuban national team will be in a training camp alongside the top junior and senior T&T players for a three-week period.
The four men and four women players and their coach Roberto Mollinedo are scheduled to arrive today for the programme, organised by the Ministry of Sport and the Trinidad and Tobago Badminton Association (TTBA)
The project is being coordinated by Solangel Guzman, the Ministry of Sport specialist badminton coach.
The 28-year-old is actually a Cuban who has been residing here for over three years and is in the process of becoming a citizen.
Guzman has not come close to dropping a single set against a local player and has captured triple crowns in the last two editions of the National Championships.
She also won three titles in the 2012 Venezuela Open and retained her singles crown in this event last year
Last year was a grand one for Guzman as she produced the performance of her career to capture a bronze medal in the Pan Am Championships, overshadowing the gold medal she had won for Cuba in the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games.
The 2012 CAREBACO (Caribbean Championships) double silver medallist also notched gold in singles and silver in doubles in the Suriname Open and bronze medals in singles and doubles in the Santo Domingo Open during the season.
Guzman and seven-time national champ Kerwyn Pantin lead the T&T team during the camp.
Besides the obvious objective of improving the skill level and mental toughness of the local players, the camp is also designed to improve the level of coaching in the country.
The Cuban coach will deliver various conferences with regards to planning and periodisation of training, sport nutrition and development and even massage therapy.
There will be an opening ceremony at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Chaguanas.
Brian Lewis, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, Dave Bobb and Ashwin Creed, director of sport and permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sport respectively, Cuban ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Guillermo Moreno and TTBA interim president Derwin Renales are among the invited guests.
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