Kids smile over $32k of gear

Interest is building as the Cedrus Investments Cayman Open nears next week and junior squash players are especially excited because many of the world’s best women players will be here as well as the top male player and the Caribbean’s finest.

It will run from 3-9 April in a glass court at the Pasdeo in Camana Bay and at the squash club in South Sound. All proceeds from the event will go towards the junior programme which will receive $32,000 worth of equipment.

Malaysia’s Nicol David hopes to continue her unbeaten record in Cayman and win the title for the third successive time and pick of the men’s players is Egypt’s Ramy Ashour, who was world No.1 in December. He will play Cayman’s Myron Blair in the first round.

Students from John Gray High School were at the customs office in Airport Road last week to witness the arrival of the equipment.

Also there was the Cayman Open tournament director Dan Kneipp, national coach Glenn Stark and Olivia Scott Ramirez of Cayman Airways, one of the tournament’s major sponsors.

Kneipp said: “We’re here to receive all the squash equipment for the junior programme and we’re really appreciative of Cayman Airways for waiving all the shipping costs. The equipment was donated by the tournament organisers, the Cayman Islands National Squash Association. It includes balls, goggles and bags.”

Catherine Ebanks, 16, was one of the students there. She said: “I’ve just started playing squash in PE and like it. It’s fun and good exercise. If I get the chance to go to the tournament I will but I have exams coming up soon.”