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Squash: Kelly confident ahead of XXVIII Pan Am Championships

We catch up with Cayman Islands National Squash Association’s (CINSA) Jake Kelly ahead of the XXVIII Pan American Squash Championships.

With a field of 160 athletes from a record 20 countries, Kelly said he’s hopeful the tournament brings new faces to the South Sound Squash Club.

“It means a big deal. We’ve been a big community for a long time, since the late 80’s. Hopefully, we can get a swell in membership, and a swell in interest in the sport after this tournament.”

Kelly, who was apart of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games team, and the runner-up at the 2018 Cayman Islands national championship, says he’s confident in his abilities against a strong field of men’s players.

“Very excited. We’ve put in a lot of work, a lot of games, simulating matches. Just trying to push ourselves because the quality will be a lot higher than we are used to. I’ve worked on some specific things that I think I’ve improved on greatly over the season.”

The XXVIII Pan American Squash Championships officially kicks off Sunday (26 August) with the opening ceremonies at the Grand Cayman Marriott. Play will begin Monday (27 August) at the South Sound Squash Club until Saturday 1st September. The competition features 160 athletes from a record 20 countries, and is being held in the Caribbean for the first time.

 

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Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or jordanarmenise@hurleysmedia.ky.

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