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Watson leads team to Scotland

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Watson leads team to Scotland

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The?experienced?Shari Watson will lead a four-member Barbados badminton team to the Commonwealth Games slated to start next week in Scotland.
The other members of the team are Mariama Eastmond, Dakeil Thorpe and Andre Padmore.
The players will compete in the mixed team competition, women’s and men’s singles and the women’s, men’s and mixed doubles divisions.
Watson will captain the side in her third successive Commonwealth outing having previously gone to Australia in 2006 and India in 2010.
Eastmond also makes her third appearance at this level following Manchester in 2002 and India in 2010.
The 24-year-old Thorpe, who is the youngest member of the team, will be attending his second straight games. Padmore, who is in for the injured Bradley Pilgrim, will also make his second appearance after going to Manchester in 2002.
The draws for the pool play have yet to be set, but the team competition will begin July 24 and all other divisions will start on July 29 with the competition concluding on August 3.
Each player will contest the singles while in the mixed doubles, Watson will partner Padmore and Thorpe will join forces with Eastmond.
Athelstone Forde is head coach while Janelle Denny will manage the team, which leave the island on July 17 and return on August 5.
Badminton will also have the privilege of having two Barbadians officiating at the games. Kelvin Martin, who has also officiated at the Olympic Games, will make his second appearance umpiring at the Commonwealth level, while Gloria Chung will assume the duties of line judge for the second time in her career on behalf of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). (PR/EZS)