KRISTI RENO-SINGH, Jada Renales and Naim Mohammed expectedly finished at the top of their respective categories in the Trinidad and Tobago Badminton Association’s Junior Tournament last weekend at Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Chaguanas.
The purpose of the round-robin tournament was to determine seedings for upcoming events, but none of the players from one of the leading clubs in the country, the Central Badminton Academy & Club (CBAC), participated.
CBAC’s Nirad Ramlal and Aleem Ali are the top two Under-17 players in the country and in their absence, favourite Jerome Charles from Cristars Club came out on top from Renaldo Sinanan, Joshua Smith and Rivaj Seenath, respectively.
CBAC is also the home of the Cassies, sisters Sonja and Sandhaya Cassie and their cousin Leon, the 2011 Caribbean Under-11 champion.
Among the Under-11s, Ravita Dwarika was crowned champ.
In the Under-15 category, Curtisha Cudjoe from Samurai Club emerged triumphant from Chequeda Deboulet, Brittany Kurban and Saniah Lee, respectively.
Brandon Khillawan from Shuffleforce was the boys’ equivalent winner from Nityanand Bideshi, Nathaniel Joseph and Kobie Khan, last year’s national under-13 squash champ whose mother Rhea Khan is an 18-time national squash champ and former top junior in badminton.
Last year’s top under-15 female player Ralista Wong competed in the under-17 category for the first time and placed a creditable fourth as national age-group champ Renales of Shuttleforce prevailed from Brittany Mohammed. Tanya Rampersad was third and her twin sister Tiffany ended up fifth. Will Lee and Adrian Nicholson, ranked first and second, respectively, in the Under-17 category last year, were second and third, respectively, as Naim Mohammed from Cristars emerged triumphant in the Under-19 division. Sheraz Nabbie was fourth and Raphael Kelly, fifth.
Cristars’ Reno-Singh, the national Under-19 champ who was runner-up in last year’s senior National Championships, finished tops in her category from Ashisha Persad, Tishana Thomas and Nicola Noel.
Vance Juteram was the Under-13 winner from Marcus Alfonzo, Zion St Rose and Alkalif Blake, respectively, while Waynette Thomas was No. 1 in the girls’ equivalent champ.
And Travis Sinanan, who captured a gold medal in doubles in last year’s Caribbean Junior Championships, prevailed in the Under-11 age-group.