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Proven gives 'rock-solid' support to badminton player Wynter

Monday, July 17, 2017

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Jamaica's number one female badminton player, Katherine Wynter got some much-needed support on Thursday when she received sponsorship from the financial firm Proven through their arm, Proven Rock. The presentation of the Proven “Black Card” was made at their office on Belmont Road. The funds will be used to send the 21-year-old to the Caribbean Championships, to be held in Trinidad next month.

The Caribbean Regional Badminton Competition is being hosted at the National Racket Centre from August 10-25. Action serves off in the regional segments with the athletes competing in the junior, senior and masters individual categories from the 10th of August.

The competition peaks with the start of the Carebaco International series on the 21st of August. Athletes from around the world, including Wynter, will compete for world ranking points in preparation for qualification for the 2020 Olympics.

The head of marketing at Proven, Bellinda Williams said her company was happy to come on board to support the athlete.

“Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) has always been looking for opportunities in which they can get to increase the chances for our athletes that are participating in the sport to go overseas, and to really perform,” she said.

Williams said that based on the budget presented by the JBA, they were able to make a contribution that will help to offset some of the costs that Wynter and the JBA would face.

“We are actually giving her US$750 that will help to defray some of her costs, even if it means that she will be able to eat well while she is there.”

A smiling Wynter said she was grateful for the sponsorship as she goes in hunt of her first senior gold medal in the competition, having previously won gold as a junior for Jamaica.

“It feels good to be sponsored by Proven; I am very grateful for it. We have been searching for sponsorship for this Carebaco tournament in Trinidad for a while, so it really is a relief that a company has come through for us, and we are very happy for it.”

Despite not knowing all her competitors, the Jamaican champion has set her sights on bringing back the individual gold.

“I will go out there and have fun and enjoy myself, but the ultimate goal is to win. I know a few of them, but there are always new competitors; every year there is somebody you never saw before. So I know a few of them yes; I know some people to look out for.”

A semifinal place is the minimum expectation for Wynter who will be competing at this level for the third time.

“Based on who I expect to play, I believe I can reach the semifinals, at least. It has become an international tournament now so it's no longer just Caribbean. people from Europe and all over come now so we just see who the competition is when we get there,” said Wynter

The president of the Jamaica Badminton Association, Nichole Case considers the sponsorship as a boost to the programme at a time when there is increased activity in the sport.

The Jamaica Badminton Association is still seeking further sponsorship in order to send a full- strength team to the championship.

—Dwayne Richards

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