Ace squash refs in control

Two of the most experienced squash referees in Barbados, Craig Archer and Orson Simpson, have been invited to officiate in the Cayman Squash Open next week.

From Tuesday until from May 10, they will be officiating at the South Sound Squash Club and will be joined by Karen Anderson from Jamaica and Alwyn Callender of Guyana.

All four of them have been certified through the Caribbean Officiating Programme for Squash which has been conducted over the past four years in the Caribbean with technical assistance provided by Squash Canada.

The four are all at the B-1 level which is the highest level attained thus far by any of the 52 referees certified from six Caribbean countries.

They are about to make history since no other tournament in the Caribbean has been officiated by a panel of Certified Referees from the region.

In addition, the women’s competition which is an official Women’s International Squash Players Association event, is one of the richest tournaments on the women’s circuit this year and has attracted seven of the top ten ladies in the world, including world No.1 Nicol David of Malaysia. There is $37,500 in prize money up for grabs and Natalie Grainger, the world No.2 is also playing.

All four officials are well known and are highly respected within the Caribbean region and have been endorsed by the Caribbean Area Squash Association

Dan Kneipp, the Tournament Director of the 2009 Cayman Squash Open, is excited at the hosting of this prestigious tournament and is very pleased that the best Caribbean officials are exposed to this level of competition. ‘The exposure can only rebound to the benefit of squash in this region,’ he said.