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Binnie climbing to the top

first_imgJamaica’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.last_img read more

Exclusive – Chelsea players refusing to get carried away by title talk, says former Blues ace

first_imgFrank Sinclair insists Chelsea will not become complacent in their quest for the Premier League title.A leading bookmaker is already paying out on the Blues winning the championship this season after an impressive start which has seen them surge four points clear at the top of the table having yet to taste defeat.But Sinclair claims Jose Mourinho’s squad are not taking anything for granted, ahead of their meeting with West Brom on Saturday.Speaking on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, the former Chelsea defender said: “It’s a dangerous game. There is still a long way to go.“When you speak to the players they are not talking about the championship, they are talking about taking it game by game.“The preparations for the game against West Brom today have been just like they are facing Manchester United or Arsenal. They will take the game seriously.“They look like a machine at the moment, but they are going to have slip-ups. They are human beings and there is going to be a time when the whole team doesn’t play well or they come across an opposition side which does a job on them.”last_img read more