Burger King has contributed $400,000 in sponsorship to send Jamaica’s junior national squash team to the Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships for the fifth year.
Additional support has come from insurance company BCIC , which has also made a substantial contribution to finance the team’s participation in the prestigious competition.
The highly anticipated tournament will be played in Georgetown Guyana from June 2-8. The region’s best young players will first do battle in age group categories and then compete in a team competition.
The Jamaican squad is expected to face stiff competition particularly from the home team Guyana.
Leading the charge for Jamaica is team captain and reigning All Jamaica Under 19 champion, Tajhia Lumley. The skipper is among the favourites to win his age group but he’ll have to get past his red-hot teammate, Jonathan Walker who is also top contender.
In a similar vein, current Under 17 champion, Adam Ardito is anticipating a good outing; while Karan Dhiman is also expected to deliver a solid performance.
Local Under 15 champion Sebastian Levy will be looking to make a name for himself among his Caribbean peers; along with his sibling, Under 13 champion Tobias Levy, who will take his friendly rivalry with teammate, Aman Dhiman to the regional stage.
In the girls’ competition, Mia Lake, Jamaica’s second highest ranked junior female player, will be chasing her first regional crown.
“We are grateful to Burger King for their continued support of squash and for their sponsorship of our junior team for the last five years and we are pleased to welcome BCIC to the squash family,” said Jamaica Squash Association (JSA) Vice President, Bruce Levy.
“For our young players to get to the next level they will have to compete regionally and internationally and we are very thankful that these two companies have provided tangible support to build up the game,” he added.
Burger King Brand Manager, Karma-Gaye Williams said, “Restaurant Associates, through our Burger King brand is one of the biggest supporters of local squash and we are pleased to have contributed to the development of the game over the last five years. We are looking forward to another solid performance from the junior team and we know they will make us proud.”
The team will leave the island for Guyana on Friday.