Jamaican pair of Walters and Burrowes qualify for 2019 Pan Am Games

By April 15, 2019

Lewis Walters and Bruce Burrowes have qualified for Jamaica’s senior national squash team that will represent Jamaica at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru from July 26 to August 11.

Walters and Burrowes emerged in the top two positions during the national trials held at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston between April 10 and 12.

Walters finished the three-day competition undefeated. He defeated Tahjia Lumley 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 on the opening day and then beat Dane Schwier 12-10, 11-3, 9-12, 11-9 on Day Two.

Similarly, Burrowes wore down Schwier 11-4, 11-3, 5-11, 10-12, 11-7 and before stopping Lumley 11-7, 12-10, 11-1.

When the two met, it was  Walters who emerged victorious with a 14-12, 11-9, 11-9 win.

Meanwhile, Lumley beat Schwier 11-5, 11-13, 11-6, 11-8 for a consolation win.

Walters and Burrowes will join Chris Binnie who automatically qualified for the team when he won a silver medal at the Pan-American Squash Championships last August in the Cayman Islands. Binnie is the reigning Jamaican and Caribbean champion.

Walters believes that together, Jamaica will have a formidable team in Peru this summer.

“I think we will be pretty competitive. Chris has been pretty competitive in PSA (Professional Squash Association) for the past year. Me and Chris both performed the best we have done at the Commonwealth Games. We both had top-50 wins, so there is no reason we can’t do that again in Pan Am this year,” Walters said.

Team coach, Karen Anderson, echoed Walters’ sentiments while adding that the top players distinguished themselves during the trials.

“The top players separated themselves from the pack in the trials and now with Chris, Lewis and Bruce qualifying I think we have a strong team that can create some surprises at the Pan Am Games,” she said.

The players will now embark on a rigorous training programme to hone their skills for the Games that will have a demanding schedule of matches in singles, doubles and team events over a seven-day period.

“The Pan Am Games is one of the most competitive international championships because you have powerhouses like the Mexico and Colombia and teams from the US and Canada, so it’s an intense level of competition,” Anderson said, “but if our players put in the work, which they have committed to doing between now and the tournament, they can do well on the big stage.”

 

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