‘Make memories; don’t’ give up’– Verwey urges as Junior CASA team segment commences


Three gruelling days of individual action in the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Junior Championships wrapped up on Tuesday afternoon at the Georgetown Club Courts.

Compliments of Shomari Wiltshire, Avery Arjoon and Nicholas Verwey, host Guyana,
won three out of the 10 gold medals up for grabs

However, the proof in the pudding lies in the team segment, which commenced even before the official launch on Wednesday afternoon.

As athletes set focus on national honours, the President of the Guyana Squash Association (GSA), Owen Verwey implored the young players to cherish these moments as lifelong memories and the building of friendships.

“You don’t always get a medal on your first occasion, the second occasion, sometimes not even the third occasion, but it should not stop you from giving your best, pushing beyond limits, going beyond the best that you would have ever done and continuing to do one thing, never to give up,” Verwey expressed.

President of the Guyana Squash Association, Owen Verwey

Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Kashif Muhammad, contended that “greatness is not born, it is made…practice makes perfect”, and those are pillars that he sees embodied in the GSA and the reason for their dominance in the Caribbean.

Vice-President of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), Godfrey Munroe, highlighted that the GOA is the title sponsor, and they supported in a jiffy due to the professionalism of the Association, and they also view the tournament as an “incubator” for talent.

GSA’s Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, Anabelle Singh, thanked the numerous sponsors for their overwhelming support and key stakeholders behind the scenes, who work tirelessly to make the event a success.

Guyana has not held the overall crown since their 12th consecutive title in 2016 and is confident given the depth in the squad, they can regain the crown.

Athletes from Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago are in Guyana, however, all but St. Vincent will participate in the team segment.

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