The Vincentian trio of Jayden George, Jaydon Williams and Nadira Morgan, will get their first experience of playing Squash outside the Caribbean, when they compete in the 2023 US Open Junior Championships, set for Philadelphia from December 16 to 19.
George will contest the Boys Under-15 category; Williams, the Boys Under-17 and Morgan- the Girls Under-19.
They are accompanied by Amber Glasgow, as coach.
Assessing the preparations, Glasgow said, “This is our strongest Junior team and their dedication, discipline and commitment to train, have inspired pride… I am proud of them… They have been training hard and the support is strong”.
Glasgow underlined the input of current players, who chipped in with some of the technical preparations.
“What really stood out is the community spirit surrounding the opportunity, as the Squash family came together, Othniel (Bailey), Jules (Snagg), assisted me with the actual coaching of the players, whilst others, initiated fund-raising ventures, donating out of pocket”, Glasgow related.
To get to the United States was not a cakewalk, but thanks to the benevolence of corporate St Vincent and the Grenadines and others, the debut outing for the youngsters was realised.
Hence, Glasgow, who is also the President of the SVG Squash Association was grateful.
“To compete at this tournament was a financially ambitious goal and to see everyone come together behind the athletes says a lot… We had Tus-T water Inc make their monthly contribution towards the use of the facility for extra training… We also had contributions from Coreas, the St Vincent and the Grenadines Olympic Committee, the National Lotteries Authority, Fraser Construction, all made significant contributions as well”, she affirmed.
The young Vincentian Squash players will be among 1019, who have been registered for the championships.
Apart from the three age groups in which the Vincentians will compete, there are the Under-11 and Under-13 brackets.