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Progress of Jamaica's badminton

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by kingmarioxv, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. kingmarioxv

    kingmarioxv Regular Member

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    Hi All!

    Being one of only two Jamaicans that I know of on this forum, I just wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the strides we have made in badminton since it became realtively more popular (and sponsored) :).

    Cheers!


    JAMAICA BADMINTON ASSOCIATION


    SPORTS : PRESS RELEASE : SPORTS


    July 17, 2008

    Badminton: Pan Am Juniors – Jamaica takes 5th spot
    Jamaica had it’s first ever win against a Canadian national badminton team as our players defeated Canada 3-2 yesterday. This placed Jamaica fifth, up from eighth last year, in the mixed team event in the Pan American Junior Badminton Championships now being played in Guatemala City.

    The winners for Jamaica were: Gareth Henry in the boys singles, Mikaylia Haldane & Shana-Kay Bailey - girls doubles and Gareth Henry & Chadwick Parsons - boys doubles, while Shana-Kay Bailey lost the girls singles and Tossainte Taylor & Mikaylia Haldane lost the mixed doubles. This was a much improved performance by the Jamaicans which augers well for the individual championships which start today.

    Peru and Mexico were down to contest the finals last night with the USA and Brasil playing off for third spot. Jamaica’s only losses in the tournament were to the two finalists, Peru and Mexico.

    In today’s individual events Jamaica has high expectations. Gareth Henry, last year’s under 17 singles gold medalist has won all his singles matches in the team event and will be seeking to continue the trend in the under 19 individuals while the young Wilson boys, Sean and Shawn who were also gold medalists last year will be seeking a repeat of that performance. Mikaylia Haldane and Shana-Kay Bailey who both played with some distinction in the team event, should put that experience to good use when they contest the Under 17 and Under 15 age groups respectively.

    Many others could find their way to the medal podium, inclusive of a newcomer, under 13 girl, Jahvaine Henry who has been very impressive in local competition. She will be contesting all three events inclusive of the girls doubles with Jade Clarke and the mixed doubles with Sean Wilson. Jamaica will be seeking to improve on its fourth place on last year’s medal table where it won four gold and four bronze medals in the individuals.
     
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    Gareth Henry @ Pan Ams...

    Hey, king mario XV, my hats off to Jamaica!

    The results from Gareth Henry are very good. so far he beat Mario Cuba in the team competition, and Eric Kuo in the individuals, both straight sets. Looking forward to him playing Lino Muñoz today. If he makes it all the way to the U19 final he might meet Howard Shu there.

    All this from reading tournament software. I wish all badminton tournaments used it...
     
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    That's awesome on the win over canada! I saw a jamaican singles player in the commonwealth games that was held in Melbourne a few years ago, and I must say I was very very impressed! Go Jamaica!
     
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    Hey kingmarioxv. Good on Jamaica!

    Just curious to what's behind this improvement?

    How do Jamaican elite players train (ie. do they travel and train overseas or have they hired a foreign coach?)
     
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    Don't forget me, I'm half Finnish, half Jamaican.:)
     
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    Good to hear...

    ..good to hear the news on the Jamaican's squad performance in this yr's Pan American Jr. Badminton Championships~and thanks for passing the news, to us, kingmarioxv!:cool:
    Hope the team will consider attending the U.S. Open, next year!.. :);)
     
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    thats deffinetly awsome for them, myself im half trinididian and i will want to travel back there and see what there national team is like tryout and see if i can play for them i already got the go ahead to tryout for it and all so we shall see what happens. hope to see some more jamacian badminton players in some high level international tournaments. best of luck with all and yeah im curious about that too do they train locally or do they go overseas to train under other coaches?
     
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    I had a Jamaican guy at my school. I think he trained in Malaysia and Denmark back when he was playing tournaments.
     
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    Pan Am Juniors - final results for Jamaica

    Shane Wilson failed in his bid for the Triple Crown but still ended with excellent tournament results as he took home two golds and a silver to help Jamaica finish with 2 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals in the Pan American Junior Badminton Championships, in Guatemala City today. A part of the team returns home tomorrow through Miami with most of the rest returning on Wednesday though Panama.


    JAMAICA'S MEDAL TALLY
    GOLD MEDALS (2)
    Under 11 Boys Singles: Shane Wilson #1 seed - defeated Vinson Chiu #2 of USA 21-12, 12-21, 21-15 in final.
    Under 11 Boys Doubles: Shane Wilson & Vinson Chiu (USA) – defeated Guilherme Lemos & Henry Mateus of Brasil 21-11, 21-12 in final.


    SILVER MEDALS (3)
    Under 19 Boys Doubles: Gareth Henry & Chadwick Parsons – lost to Martin Guiffre & David Pastewka #2 of Canada 23-21, 18-21, 14-21 in final.
    Under 13 Boys Doubles: Sean Wilson & Samuel Ricketts – lost to Ygor Coelho & Fabio Soares #2 of Brasil 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in final.
    Under 11 Mixed Doubles: Shane Wilson & Bianca Hall #2 seed – lost to Vinson Chiu & Micaela Lum #1 of USA 16-21, 15-21 in final.

    BRONZE MEDALS (3)
    Under 17 Boys Doubles: Delsang Lue-Taim & Jordan Roberts – bronze.
    Under 13 Boys Singles: Sean Wilson #1 seed – bronze;
    Under 13 Mixed Doubles: Sean Wilson & Jahvaine Henry – bronze.
     
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    Unlike the first batch of badminton players like myself (feel like I'm getting old :)) children learning badminton are now being started from they are quite young, say 6 years old. The Wilson brothers mentioned in the previous posts have at least 3 years tournament experience as opposed to my almost 2 yrs. The last tournament I played, I had a tough match against Shane Wilson to get into the quarter-finals, all the way to 3 sets ;).
    The elite senior players I know train by themselves and you hardly ever see them at tournaments apart from the biggest one or two. But I do know that most of the coaches are local and they have attended quite a few international training seminars.

    Good to know that! Always remember your roots!

    I have not seen the Trini national team in action but from what I hear they started a couple years after we did in terms of popularising the sport so soon enough the Caribbean region should have a growing presence in badminton!
     

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