Junior CASA: Arjoon, Verwey crowned champions as Guyana bags nine medals


The individual segment of the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Junior Championships in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, has been tremendously successful for Guyana, as nine athletes won medals.

Leading the charge was Nicholas Verwey with a second successive Boys’ Under-19 gold and Avery Arjoon completing a title repeat in the Girls’ Under-15.

Ethan Bulkan (U-13) and Kaylee Lowe (U-15) won silver medals, while Michael Alphonso Jr. (U-19), Safirah Sumner (U-17), Emily Fung-A-Fat (U-15), Egan Bulkan (U-13), and Tehani Munroe (U-11) won bronze.

Verwey faced a familiar face in Barbadian Alex Stewart, and once again, he came out on top in a superb 11-6, 11-9, 11-2 triumph. This marks his third gold on a trot—U-17 in 2022 and the last two at U-19.

The clinical Arjoon mirrored Verwey’s success in getting her third successive gold in the same timeline, with the titles being U-13 and two U-15. Her latest triumph was against Lowe, winning 11-5, 11-2, 11-1.

Clean sweep! From left: Kaylee Lowe (silver), Emily Fung-A-Fat (bronze) and Avery Arjoon (gold) swept the Girls’ U-15 category (PHOTO: News Room/Shaconeil Burnette/July 2, 2024)

Ethan had to settle for silver after getting injured in the Under-13 final against the hosts’ Jakob Noblett.

Noblett won the first set 13-11, but Bulkan led the second 6-4 when he had an apparent groin strain.

Ethan’s elder brother, Egan, will return home happy as he won bronze at his first CASA when he defeated Barbadian Ethan Cyrus 11-7, 11-5, 11-3 in the U-13 third-place match.

However, he still has more work to do as he will likely replace his injured brother, Ethan, in the team segment.

Alphonso Jr. got the better of Seth Thong 11-3, 11-9, 11-8 in his Under-19 match, while Sumner got U-17 bronze by defeating Sarrayah Yearwood 13-11, 11-7, 11-6.

Fung-A-Fat also got a big win as she took down the talented Josie Thong 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8.

Munroe won her first individual medal after playing an exceptional match, defeating Jamaican Varenya Singh 11-6, 11-6, 12-10, to win bronze.

Ethan Bulkan played a good match until he got injured (PHOTO: News Room/Shaconeil Burnette/July 2, 2024)

The opening ceremony will be held Wednesday morning, after which teams will move into Doubles, and team events will occur from Thursday to Saturday.

Verwey and Arjoon will play Mixed Doubles, Alphonso Jr. and Mohryan Baksh will team up for the Boys’ Doubles, and Lowe and Sumner will partner for the Girls.

FULL RESULTS: https://www.sportyhq.com/tournament/view/2024-Junior-Caribbean-Squash-Championships

PHOTOS: https://www.facebook.com/newsroomgy/posts/pfbid02P4ZZugEndGdo5GTkp9gUkezXKXSdCK4MYWUtR5ABXVYTJZRWQawGL4sfCrX3jieSl

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