Bajan girls earn 2 golds
IT?WAS?ladies’ night as Amanda Haywood and the doubles team of Tamisha Williams and Shari Watson struck gold for Barbados in the Under-15 singles and open women’s doubles divisions, respectively, when the Caribbean Badminton Championships (CAREBACO) concluded on Friday night in Kingston, Jamaica.
This capped off a successful tournament for the junior and senior players which saw the 25-member contingent win two gold, five silverand 11 bronze individual medals as well as two team bronze.
Haywood started the final day with a golden performance in which she had no mercy on Jamaican opponent Tania Daley. Haywood controlled the game from start to finish in a measured and controlled performance to take the Under-15 singles title, with a comfortable 21-11, 21-14 victory.
Her next contest saw her stepping up to the Under-17 category to partner Shae Martin. However, the first game got away from the Barbadians and despite a more valiant effort in the second, the Jamaican opponents took the title 21-7, 21-17.
In the Under-15 doubles final, Haywood and her Guyanese partner Priyanna Ramhdanias lost to their Jamaican opponents 11-21, 15-21.
Haywood will return home as the most decorated Barbadian player on the team with four medals – one gold, two silver and one bronze.
The pair of Kayla Miller and Mackenzie Howard also demonstrated they are two bright prospects when they secured a silver medal in the Under-13 girls’ doubles final.
In an exciting match they were narrowlybeaten 17-21, 21-15, 21-18 by the Trini-Guyanese combination of Waynetta Thomas and Abosaide Cadogan.
In the open division, Williams started nervously in her first regional singles final, dropping the first game at four.
She was much more aggressive in the second but the No. 1 seed, Solangel Guzman of Trinidad, was able to take the victory 21-4, 21-11.
Williams set aside the disappointment of her loss and along with Shari Watson secured gold for Barbados in the doubles event, beating the Jamaican pair of Makaylia Haldane and Geordine Henry 21-11, 21-17.
Williams and Watson took control from the onset with excellent rotational movement and a combination of shots which confused their opponents. In the second game, the Jamaicans made some adjustments but it was too little, too late.