Stafford’s dedication will pay off

Squash is increasing its numbers in Cayman as more youngsters take up the sport, so 2008 should be another busy year for all protagonists.

The first big event is the Rose Bowl in Bermuda in March. Then it’s the junior Caribbean championships, again in Bermuda, in July which serves as a warm up for the world juniors in Zurich, Switzerland soon after.

Alain Mudeen, the 16-year-old sensation last season, is trying his hand at senior level this year and will be going to university in the States so there is an opening for another junior to carry the Cayman flag. One obvious candidate is Cameron Stafford, who was voted the most improved junior boy at the Caribbean championships last year. Stafford is one of the most dedicated juniors at the club and if all his hard work pays off this year it should be a very successful one. He did exceptionally well to win a bronze medal at the Canada Open last month at Under-17 level.

Dean Watson, technical director of squash at the club in South South, said: ‘It’s pretty much the same boys as last year only there are a couple of others coming up, Tom Mann and Nicholas Cameron, who are showing signs of improvement as well. We’ve also got a few girls starting to come through as well which means Courtney Stafford (Cameron’s sister) won’t be alone. There’s Claire Patrick, Adie Bridgeman, and Kristina Myren. So I’m hoping at the Caribbean championships we’ll have a full girls team which we haven’t done for five or six years. Although they won’t be particularly strong, we’ll have girls good enough to go to such a tournament.

‘Other than that Dan Kneitt, the other squash pro here, is looking to try and put together a Cayman Islands open squash tournament in December. He wants to bring in professionals, male and female, for a tournament with $10,000 prize money.’