Tahjia Lumley becomes Jamaica's youngest Level 1&2 squash coach

By October 24, 2018
Tahjia Lumley, (far right) former Junior National Squash Champion, poses with his coaching certificate alongside Guyanese junior players Sarah Lewis and Samuel Ince-Carvalhal and Guyana’s National Squash Coach, Carl Ince. Tahjia Lumley, (far right) former Junior National Squash Champion, poses with his coaching certificate alongside Guyanese junior players Sarah Lewis and Samuel Ince-Carvalhal and Guyana’s National Squash Coach, Carl Ince.

 Former Junior National Squash Champion, Tahjia Lumley, is the youngest Jamaican to attain Level 1 & 2 England Squash Coaching Certification, having recently completed a training programme in Georgetown, Guyana.

The 19-year-old, who has played on both the Junior and Senior National teams, earned the qualification after a challenging, week-long course taught by Guyana’s National Squash Coach, Carl Ince.

Ince, a Level 4 Elite Coach, delivered the rigorous training programme to a small cohort that also included Guyanese professional player and former Caribbean Champion, Nicolette Fernandes, as well as up-and-coming Guyanese junior players Sarah Lewis and Samuel Ince-Carvalhal.

The curriculum covered individual and group coaching techniques and programmes and included child protection, coaches’ code of conduct and safety, among other topics.

“It was a dream come true learning from Coach Ince, who is a Caribbean squash legend, and also working alongside Nicolette, who is one of the best players to come out of the region,” Lumley reflected.

“The course was so thorough, professionally conducted and well run that although it was intense mentally and physically, the camaraderie and support from the other participants made it one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and I loved every single moment of it.”

Having played his last junior tournament this summer, the youngster is now focused on completing his transition to the senior ranks of the game.  Hailing from an inner-city community, he is quick to point out how his involvement with the sport changed his life.

“Once I got a chance to play, rain or shine I would be at the courts early in the morning, that helped me to develop discipline and focus,” he recalled.

His dedication paid off and soon his developing skills caught the attention of his first coach, Jeremy Parkinson who gave Lumley a solid foundation which was a springboard to the National Junior Squad.

From there he got strong support from the Jamaica Squash Association (JSA) and during his junior career, he won several national titles and consistently represented Jamaica at regional and international tournaments.

“Going through the junior programme, representing my country and enjoying success has helped me to become calm and more focused and now that I’m earning my coaching certification I’m developing the skills to give back to that programme and I can change other young people’s lives,” he said.

Leighton Levy

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