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The St Lucia Squash Association hosted the 2014 annual Junior OECS Squash Championships this week at the St Lucia yacht Club. Approximately  35 dompetitors from  St Vincent, the BVI and host St Lucia started matches Thursday evening till Sunday lunchtime in male and female categories in different age categories –  under 11, under 13, under 15, under 17 and under 19.  All matches were played on a round robin basis with the under 15 category being the most competitive in both boys and girls.

Following the matches Sunday morning the Association closed with a prize giving ceremony which started first with a moment of silence in rememberance of the Association’s Vice President Oliver Gobat who went missing over the weekend and is presumed to have died tragically. Gobat was also the island’s #2 player and was in intense training for a number of tournaments coming up over the next few months including OECS to be held in May in St Vincent and culminating with the Commonwealth Games at the end of this year.

In the under 11 category there were only two girls who both played their first OECS.  In second place was Brianna Findlay of BVI and in first place was St Lucia’s Isabella Segovia.

In the under 11 boys also playing their first OECS was Joshua Devaux of St Lucia who placed third, second place went to Jlan Mc Master of St Vincent and first place went to Luca Reich of the BVI

In the girls under 13 - third place went to St Lucian Isabella Segovia who played two divisions.  Second place went to Natalie Fay of the BVI and in first place was Giovanna Miller Alexander of St Vincent.

In the boys under 13 third place went to Samuel Childs of the BVI, second place went to Rashid Constance of St Vincent and in first place was Kai Bentick also of St Vincent

In the girls under 15 there was a clear winner however three girls tied in both matches won and points won for the next few positions so the technical team had to break the game results down to select a second and third place winner.  Third place went to Lauryn Doyle of St Vincent, second place went to Emily  Abriehart of the BVI and first place went to Thandi Myers of St Vincent.

In boys under 15 – third place went to Tyler Segovia of St Lucia, second place went to Leo Forte of the BVI and first place went to 12 year old Kai Bentick of St Vincent who not only played two divisions but won both divisions

In under 17 girls there was also a tie for 3rd place but the eventual winner was Abayomi Maddox of the BVI, second place went to Derai Myers of St Vincent and first place went to Thandi Myers who not only played two divisions but also won both divisions.

The boys under 17 was an all Vincentian winning slate with third place going to Akeem Constance, second place going to Geronimo Ross and first place to Jason Doyle

There were no under 19 female participants and in the male under 19 third place went to Vincentian Omari Wilson, second place to St Lucian Andre Segovia and first place went to 16 year old Jason Doyle who played two divisions and won both.

The Junior OECS team is selected from the participants of the Junior OECS squash tournament.  This year the team will play in the Caribbean Squash Championships in Bermuda in July.  David Piper, President of the OECS Squash Association announced the team.  The boys will be represented by Vincentians kai Bentick and Jason Doyle, Leo Forte of the BVI and Andre Segovia of St Lucia.  The girls will be represented by Vincentian sisters Thandi and Derai Myers and Abayomi Maddox and Kersten Gardon of the BVI.  
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