Two Berkshire students had a unique athletic experience this summer. Karan Dhiman ‘19 & Mia Lake ‘20, members of the Jamaican national team, competed in the Caribbean championships in July, while hosting six other nations at their home club in Kingston.
“It was great to play the event at home,” reflects Dhiman. He observes that the Jamaican squad enjoyed a home-court advantage as they were able to train in hot, humid conditions at the Liguanea Club. “It’s pretty different from the conditions at the Soffer Center!”
Dhiman enjoyed the team experience & camaraderie that comes about when you have a chance to “represent something bigger than yourself.”
Competing on an individual basis in the U19 division, Dhiman engineered a major upset against Trinidad’s #1. Dhiman lost the first game but stormed back to win the next three. Finishing 8th overall, he’s looking forward to improving on that position when he competes for Jamaica one final time next summer.
Just back from the Global Climate Action Summit in California, Dhiman is enjoying the “weird feeling to be a senior.” He hopes hold #2 position on the team this winter and to lead the squad to another national title. (The boys claimed the Division 4 championship at High School Nationals last year). “We’re also going to win the New England B championship this year,” he predicts.
Dhiman’s fellow Jamaican, Mia Lake, had a similarly splendid experience. “Hosting CASA was so much fun,” she reports. “The camaraderie between all the countries is really something special.”
It was not all fun and games, however, as there was some serious squash to play in the Kingston summer. Lake showed that she could compete with the Caribbean’s best, going to four or five games multiple times. Her highlight was a ”gruesome” five-set victory (14-12 in the fifth) against Rebecca Lowe, the Guyanese captain.
“Being able represent your country in a sport you are passionate about,” enthuses Lake, “I treasured every single moment on and off court.”
Like Dhiman, Lake is excited to see what this upcoming season has in store: “I look forward to working with my teammates and building on the mental and physical aspects of my game.”