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Wilson will lead a
Ethan Ammon, Dex-
ter Mahase and Akiel
Duke which will
depart for Panama
City today for next
week s Davis Cup.
the team will enter
the Americas Zone
Group III, held from July 20-26, against a field
including Bahamas, Bermuda, Cuba, Guatemala,
Honduras, Jamaica, Panama and Paraguay. The
top two nations will be promoted to Americas
Zone Group II in 2016.
T&T will be looking to improve on its per-
formance from last year, where it placed ninth
out of nine teams following group stage losses
to Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Bermuda and Jamaica.
Wilson and Duke are the lone returning members
from that squad, which also included Nabeel
Mohammed and Javier Lewis.
Speaking to the Guardian yesterday, Wilson
said he was expecting a difficult challenge.
"We ll be coming up against players with world
rankings playing at a higher level than what
we re used to in T&T," he said. "We re just going
to be taking it one match at a time, one country
at a time and trying to see how far we can go.
It s not going to be easy."
This year will mark the 22-year-old s fifth
time at the Davis Cup, having debuted back in
2009, while Fellow Tobagonian Duke will be
making his second appearance. Mahase, 30, is
returning to the squad following an 11-year inter-
val, while 18-year-old Ammon, who recently
completed his freshman year at the University
of Texas Rio Grande Valley, will be making his
Wilson leads T&T
Davis Cup team
Nearly 150 young athletes from 14 regional
countries will be on show at this weekend s Cen-
tral American and Caribbean (CAC) Age Group
Championships at the Hasely Crawford Stadium
Defending champs Bahamas will seek to retain
their title against a field including Aruba (8), Cura-
cao (11), Turks and Caicos (11), Antigua and Barbuda
(9), Grenada (5), Martinique (12), St Vincent &
Grenadines (10), Barbados (11), British Virgin Islands
(9), St. Lucia (11), Jamaica (11), US Virgin Islands
(9) and Honduras (3).
It will mark the first time T&T hosts the event,
which has been a launching pad for several current
and past regional athletes since its inception in
1985. Over the years, its participants have included
2003 World 100m champion Kim Collins (St Kitts
Nevis), 2000 Olympic and 2001 World Champion
Debbie Ferguson (Bahamas), reigning World Junior
long jump gold medallist Akela Jones (Barbados),
and 2010 World Junior/2011 World Youth 400m
winner Shaunae Miller (Bahamas).
At the 2013 edition in Curacao, Bahamas edged
T&T and Barbados for the top prize and beat out
Guadeloupe and Jamaica for the Girls trophy. In
the Boys category, Venezuela finished ahead of
Bahamas and T&T. The 2013 event saw 156 athletes
from 22 countries turning out. Of those 22 coun-
tries, Venezuela, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Bermu-
da, Puerto Rico, Anguilla, St Maarten, El
Salvador, St Kitts and Nevis and Bermuda
will not be sending teams this year. Cuba
were expected to participate but did not
show up. There are reports that the
Cubans had arrived in T&T for original
date of the competition from June 27-28.
The Bahamians were the first of the 15
countries registered to arrive in T&T with
the first batch of its 13-member contingent
arriving on Thursday. Athletes will be
housed at the Sir Arthur Lewis Hall-Uni-
versity of the West Indies, St Augustine.
The first event (Girls 11-12 60m) is set
to get under way this morning at 9 am
while the opening ceremony is scheduled
later on at 2.30pm. The final event on
the first day is the Mixed 13-14 4x100m
relay listed to begin at 6.45pm. On Sunday
the action starts at 9 am. The Closing
ceremony is slated for 6 pm.
The 11-12 competitors will participate
in five events over two days: 60m, high
jump, ball throw (day one) and long jump,
800m-girls/1000m-boys (day two) while
the 13-14 athletes will do battle over seven
disciplines: 80m, long jump, shot put
(day one) and 60m hurdles-girls/80m
hurdles-boys, high jump, ball throw,
1000m-girls/1200m-boys (second day).
Points will be awards after each event
based on the IAAF Competition rule book
and the CACAC Age Group combined
events scoring tables. At the end of day
one the athletes will participate in 11-12
& 13-14 mixed 4x100m relays.
CAC AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS
T&T hosts defending champ Bahamas today
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