GBA/NSC National Junior Singles Badminton tournament off to competitive start

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The Guyana Badminton Association (GBA) on Tuesday evening ran off its National Junior Singles Tournament sponsored by the National Sports Commission at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.

In her opening remarks, the Vice-President of the GBA Ayanna Watson welcomed all the athletes and officials to the tournament.

Assistant Director of Sport Franklin Wilson (third left) declared the championship open. GBA president Emilia Ramdhani (second left) and vice-president Ayanna Watson (left) watch on (Photo: Guyana Badminton Association)

She highlighted that this event is a significant part of the Badminton Academy and will be a staple in the GBA’s annual calendar.

Additionally, she noted that the tournament commemorates World Badminton Day, celebrated globally by the badminton community on July 5 each year.

The Academy was launched on January 4, 2022, as a visionary project Minister of Culture, Youtha dn Sport, Charles Ramson Jr.

“Minister Ramson’s vision for the Academy included three stages: a Nursery, followed by tournaments, and culminating in elite status. We at the GBA are proud to note that we have successfully reached the second stage and are rapidly approaching the third,” the GBA noted.

The Academy began at the Queen’s College Auditorium under the guidance of national player Narayan Ramdhani, who created the Academy handbook, which was presented to Minister Ramson.

Currently, the Academy is being coached by national players Priyanna Ramdhani, Akili Haynes and Nkosi Beaton. The training sessions are being conducted at Queen’s College, Bishops’ High, North Ruimveldt Multilateral and North Georgetown Secondary School.

Additionally, there is a session at Marian Academy.

“In addition to the schools mentioned above, we have practice sessions in Berbice, overseen by Mr. Colin Bowry and a few PE teachers. We are also delighted to announce that Linden has resumed practice sessions, and two of their athletes are participating in this tournament,” the GBA added.

The tournament is featuring five categories (10 events) for Boys and Girls Under-11 through Under-19 Singles. Trophies will be awarded to the winner, runner-up and semi-finalists of each category.

The tournament was declared opened by Franklin Wilson, Assistant Director of Sport, who made some brief remarks highlighting the good work done by the Executive Committee of the Badminton Association and commending them for organising and executing one of the best run academies of the 12 core sports.

Below are the summarised scores from the games on the opening night (BS- Boys; GS- Girls)

GS U-17: Harshini Muralidharan vs. Aaliyah Bacchus 21-9, 21-7

BS U-19: Xavio Alexander vs. Joel Prince 21-4, 21-3

GS U-11: Emma Ramsaran vs. Arianna Bassier 22-20, 21-6

BS U-13: Ethan Ramsaran vs. Nathan Mohanlall 21-8, 21-11

BS U-19: Christopher Jordan vs. Kunal Alert 21-15, 21-19

GS U-17: Gabrielle Felix vs. Renicia Thom 21-8, 21-8

BS U-19: Vishal Gopaul vs. Yonneil Benjamin 21-14, 21-18

BS U-13: Ethan Bulkan vs. Liam Brumell 21-5, 21-9

BS U-17: Xavio Alexander vs. Casey Beckles 21-4, 21-7

GS U-17: Mishka Beharry vs. Anya Manickchand 21-5, 10-1 Retired

BS U-17: Mohamed Farouk vs. Phillip Stephanas 21-19, 21-14

BS U-11: Joel Rambiriche vs. Christopher Harrison 21-6, 21-1

GS U-19: Malia Haley vs. Menikshi Jaikissoon 21-18, 14-21, 21-9

GS U-19: Gabriella Henry vs. Ashanti Gordon 21-6, 21-11

GS U-11: Anjaneysa Godette vs. Arianna Bassier 21-3, 21-3

GS U-19: Nevaeh Eastman vs. Aaliyah Bacchus 21-6, 21-3

GS U-11: Riyo Alexander vs. Emma Ramsaran 21-3, 21-3

BS U-19: Darion Thomas vs. Ronit Gulchand 21-19, 21-19

BS U-15: Phillip Stephanas vs. Sergio Alexander 21-10, 21-16

BS U-15: Mohamed Farouk vs. Casey Beckles 21-3, 21-10

GS U-19: Leshaunte Berkley vs. Renicia Thom 21-7, 21-5

GS U-17: Malia Haley vs. Gabriella Henry 21-16, 21-13

BS U-17: Nikolas Pollard vs. Ronit Gulchand 21-12, 21-14

BS U-17: Gabriel Felix vs. Darion Thomas 22-20, 21-15

BS U-17: Avinash Ramnarine vs. Percival Chester 21-19, 21-16

BS U-17: Christopher Jordan vs. Sergio Alexander 23-21, 21-9

GS U-17: Menikshi Jaikisson vs. Harshini Muralidharan 21-12, 21-12

BS U-19: Gabriel Felix vs. Reuel Rampersaud 21-3, 21-3

BS U-19: Jonathan Robinson vs. Avinash Ramnarine 21-19, 22-24, 21-19

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