Hi All! Being one of only two Jamaicans that I know of on this forum, I just wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the strides we have made in badminton since it became realtively more popular (and sponsored) . Cheers! JAMAICA BADMINTON ASSOCIATION SPORTS : PRESS RELEASE : SPORTS July 17, 2008 Badminton: Pan Am Juniors – Jamaica takes 5th spot Jamaica had it’s first ever win against a Canadian national badminton team as our players defeated Canada 3-2 yesterday. This placed Jamaica fifth, up from eighth last year, in the mixed team event in the Pan American Junior Badminton Championships now being played in Guatemala City. The winners for Jamaica were: Gareth Henry in the boys singles, Mikaylia Haldane & Shana-Kay Bailey - girls doubles and Gareth Henry & Chadwick Parsons - boys doubles, while Shana-Kay Bailey lost the girls singles and Tossainte Taylor & Mikaylia Haldane lost the mixed doubles. This was a much improved performance by the Jamaicans which augers well for the individual championships which start today. Peru and Mexico were down to contest the finals last night with the USA and Brasil playing off for third spot. Jamaica’s only losses in the tournament were to the two finalists, Peru and Mexico. In today’s individual events Jamaica has high expectations. Gareth Henry, last year’s under 17 singles gold medalist has won all his singles matches in the team event and will be seeking to continue the trend in the under 19 individuals while the young Wilson boys, Sean and Shawn who were also gold medalists last year will be seeking a repeat of that performance. Mikaylia Haldane and Shana-Kay Bailey who both played with some distinction in the team event, should put that experience to good use when they contest the Under 17 and Under 15 age groups respectively. Many others could find their way to the medal podium, inclusive of a newcomer, under 13 girl, Jahvaine Henry who has been very impressive in local competition. She will be contesting all three events inclusive of the girls doubles with Jade Clarke and the mixed doubles with Sean Wilson. Jamaica will be seeking to improve on its fourth place on last year’s medal table where it won four gold and four bronze medals in the individuals.