Squash players win 3 bronze at CAC Games

L-R: Julian Jervis, Jade Pitcairn, Cameron Stafford, Marlene West, Jacob Kelly, Eilidh Bridgeman. Photo: Janet Sairsingh.

Cayman’s squash players have returned from the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Colombia with three sets of bronze medals.

Eilidh Bridgeman and Jade Pitcairn won bronze medals in the Women’s doubles, Cameron Stafford and Marlene West gained bronze in the Mixed Doubles and the Ladies team, comprising Jade Pitcairn, Marlene West and Eilidh Bridgeman, earned bronze to top off the medals haul by local players.

“It feels so amazing to have medaled, it’s hard to put into words. I think we’re the first ever Ladies Doubles medal for Cayman which makes it even more awesome,” Bridgeman said, adding that although the men’s team did not medal the entire team played hard throughout the games. “The boys had a tough one against Guatemala and in the mixed doubles it was very unfortunate that Cameron and Marlene couldn’t keep their seeding,” she said.

Sports Minister Julianna O’Connor-Connolly congratulated the players. “I am delighted to celebrate the victories of our national team,” she said after meeting the aid Sports Minister, Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, having met the squad when they arrived on Friday night (27 July).

“We have such an amazing pool of talent in squash, as evidenced by these latest wins, and by a competitive programme that has produced many great squash players over the years,” she said.

The medals come as the Cayman Islands prepares to host the Pan American Championships (PAC) from 26 August – 1 September. “I look forward to attending as many of the matches as possible when we host the PAC at the South Sound Squash Club in a few weeks’ time,” the Minister added.

Men’s team players also played did well at the tournament played in Cali, near Colombia’s Pacific coast, finishing in 5th and 6th positions.

The full team was: Eilidh Bridgeman, Jade Pitcairn, Marlene West, Jacob Kelly, Julian Jervis, Cameron Stafford.

The CAC’s participating countries in squash (seven women’s teams and 11 men’s) were Barbados, Bermuda, host nation Colombia, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Pan American Championships has 20 countries registered to compete.

“We are excited and honoured to be hosting this prestigious event, said Cayman Islands National Squash Association (CINSA) president Janet Sairsingh. “With so many countries slated to participate we are the only nation in the Caribbean that has a facility that offers the quality and quantity of courts needed to take on hosting.”

Next month’s event will attract the best players and teams in the region, as countries try to qualify for the Pan American Games in Peru in 2019.

Argentina, Brazil, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States of America, will join the hosts – Cayman Islands – in the competition.

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