Jamaica’s top-ranked squash player, Chris Binnie is on his way to joining the global elite of the sport. The Jamaica and Caribbean men’s squash champion for the last seven years, Binnie, 27, has also improved his Professional Squash Association (PSA) ranking to number 89 among the world’s best players as of this month, from 93 in March. This improvement came after he signed a one-year sponsorship agreement with JN Fund Managers Limited at the firm’s New Kingston office recently. “My goal is to be ranked as one of the top 50 players by December,” he said. “I believe I can do it.” The top 50 players form an elite of the sport, travelling the world to compete in the main events. Having a better ranking means the players get better placed in competitions and also have more options in choosing the competitions they find more attractive. Binnie has come a long way since April of 2012 when he had PSA ranking of 389. He progressed to a ranking of 131 by October 2013 joined the top 100 in November last year. Binnie’s optimism is also based on the success he is having with his new coach, Australian Rodney Martin, a former winner of the World Open Squash Championship who once ranked second in the world. Along with three other teammates, he has been going through a tough training programme to improve his overall match preparedness level, with his new coach. He said the sponsorship by JN Fund Managers would also help him achieve his goal. Based in Connecticut in the United States of America, he coaches at Trinity College in Hartford, and had been limited to playing matches mainly in North America. “This sponsorship allows me to go to more tournaments and select ones in Europe and Asia,” he said. “I need to take on the best players in the most competitive tournaments globally if I am to improve. And it requires funding to get to the matches and maintain myself while competing.” Brando Hayden, general manager of JN Fund Managers, said: “We admire what Chris Binnie has done for himself and for Jamaica. He has invested his time and talents, making him one of the top 100 squash players in the world. “We want to help him fulfil his dreams because his success will also pave the way for others,” Hayden said. Binnie himself launched the Jamaica Squash Association’s Grassroots Clinic to students of Papine High School and New Providence Primary School on March 20. And the programme at the University of Technology is noteworthy for the players who have emerged from that facility.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tolomia and Durham had seven points each in the fourth quarter, where Meralco broke loose from a tight contest after going on a 14-3 run capped by a Cliff Hodge jumper that made it, 88-77, with 2:31 left. Hodge chalked up a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.Norbert Torres paced the Elasto Painters (2-6) with 16 points while Terrence Watson had 14 points and 13 rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP ends losing spell at expense of UE MOST READ LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal PBA IMAGESMeralco stayed in playoff contention after beating Rain or Shine, 91-82, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bolts racked up their third straight win and moved up to ninth place with a 4-6 record, just half a game behind for the eighth and last quarterfinals slot.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I think it’s been nine quarters of very solid defense on our part starting with the last quarter of the NLEX game and going to the Magnolia game and even tonight,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“Everyone was operating as a team, closing out, challenging their shooters. We made mistakes but overall, our defense was good. On the other end, we had good balanced scoring tonight with a lot of guys contributing. Durham did not have to dominate the game offensively because other guys stepped up and really helped.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAllen Durham had game-highs of 19 points and 20 rebounds while five others finished in double-digit scoring for the Bolts led by Mike Tolomia’s 17 points.Mike Tolomia came off the bench and gave us a big lift today,” Black praised. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?