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1996- Phoenix

The team debuted in the World Games in Arizona with a men’s team hoping to get as close as possible to a top 20 ranking.  By the time the premier athletic event was over, the Jamaicans finished the competition ranked exactly at #20 in the men’s standings.  This placed the Jamaicans higher in ranking than Brazil, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, and Sweden.

1998- Bolivia

Here the team would be developed enough to send both a men and women's team to the contest. The Bolivians hosted an event unlike any other treating the visiting international athletes like royalty.  Unfortunately, a shoulder injury and altitude sickness would take its toll on the team’s captain who would be defeated just one round out of placing among the top four in his division. The team struggled and fell in the rankings to #27.

2000- Mexico

With a full healthy co-ed team entered, the players were counting on the experience of previous games coupled with focused training and preparation to propel them to be among the top 15 teams in the world.  Equipment and clothing sponsorship from the best manufacturers in the business further prepared this team to go into battle.  The problem now was that no one was underestimating them anymore. In the end, the Jamaicans had a superb showing with Barnes and Edwards earning individual silver medals in their divisions.  Barnes and Birmingham would earn a bronze medal in the women’s doubles bracket as well.  This would restore the Jamaican Racquetball squad to its best status as a #20 ranked team .

2002- Puerto Rico

The dream of becoming a top 15 team in the world still lingered on the minds of the team leaders for Jamaica.  The Jamaican’s created their biggest “stir” to these games starting with an early dramatic upset win by the men’s doubles team over the Koreans.  Both Gopie and Bryan would earn respect and advance to the finals of their respective brackets before falling to powerful opponents from the Dominican Republic and Guatemala respectively.  Gopie and Barnes would defeat Ireland in their doubles division providing four more medals for the Jamaicans.  The strong performances by Bryan, Gopie and Barnes would play a key role in elevating the team to a shocking status of #14 in the world.
  1. Team Jamaica video
    Video showcasing the first official Jamaica National Racquetball Team.
  1. More recently
    Recruitment is underway to rebuild the team and return to competition in both the World Championships and the Central American- Caribbean Games. Player Barnes & Edwards have returned to competitive tournaments. John & JP Edwards (his son) captured the Silver medal at the 2017 Virginia Commonwealth Games. JP won gold in his singles Division. Contact us to find out more...
  2. Since then...
    During this time, members of the team have been raising families, giving lessons, clinics and development camps for young athletes. Some continue to compete in local tournaments in the US.