CHARLOTTE KNAGGS is seeded to retain her under-19 crown in the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Junior Championships, which served off yesterday in Bermuda. The former national champion spearheads the Trinidad and Tobago contingent of 14 players in the eight-day tournament, which also includes players from Barbados, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Venezuela and host country Bermuda.
Knaggs, a university student in Great Britain, had been the under-17 champ for two years in a row before she climbed the ladder and captured the under-19 crown last year. Victoria Arjoon lost to Knaggs in all three finals, but they will not meet for the title this time around as the Guyanese was seeded third and is in the same half of the draw as her nemesis.
Last year’s under-17 champ Gylla Mackenzie, who was born here but resides in and represents Barbados, is the No. 2 seed. After Knaggs, this country’s highest seeded player is Alexandria Yearwood. The national under-15 champ is seeded second in her category, while last year’s national age-group champ Marie Claire Barcant is the No. 4 seed.
Nku Patrick, who finished runner-up in the under-17 division last year, is now the national under-19 champ and has been seeded fourth. This country’s other representative in the spotlight division is Christian Edghill, whose sister Jamie Leigh is in the under-17 draw, along with the fourth-seeded Faith Gillezeau.
Chad Salandy, seeded fourth, is T&T’s other seeded player in the tournament. The national under-17 champ and Jonathan Blanc are the players flying the red, white and black fly in this category. Nicholas Caddle and Kobie Khan, son of 18-time national champ Rhea Khan, are the under-15 boys, while the under-13 players on the team are Christopher Anthony, Aimee De Verteuil and Jinan Al Rawi.
The individual finals will take place on Tuesday and the team events will be contested from Wednesday through Saturday. David Scott is the T&T coach, while Beverly Wilson is the manager and top badminton player and sports psychologist Kamasha Robertson also travelled with the team, along with seven parents.