Guyana goes on show at Caribbean TT C/ships
– teams arrive ahead of today’s commencement
By Edison Jefford
Guyana Senior Men’s table tennis team is backing itself to come out on top
in the team’s contest of the Caribbean Table Tennis (TT) Championships, which starts today at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Homestretch Avenue at 9am with the competition.
The competition will go until 1pm where a break is scheduled before the Opening Ceremony that is to take place at 4pm.
A Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) release this week had stated that Government among other officials will be in attendance
Kaieteur Sport caught up with some members of the national team during a practice session with most of them concurring that spirits are high ahead of the event.
All the players that Kaieteur had a chat with said that they are looking to do well at the event.
“I feel really good. Our preparation was short, but we pushed it a lot. We had like four weeks and we put in a lot of work. Spirits are high in our camp,” Christopher Franklin, who was a runner-up at the 2011 National Championships, told this newspaper.
United States-based, Paul David indicated that the team is better and ready.
He said that there are more chances of them medaling in the team-competition as opposed to the singles’ championship because of their previous experiences against some players.
“Dominican Republic is here, Trinidad with their international star, Dexter St. Louis is here. We just have to play our best game because we have some real competition here. The Barbados team is a very strong one too. It is not a pushover for us,” David said.
He believes Guyana has to be psychologically ready to overcome the challenges. One the female side, current National Women’s Singles Champion, US-based, Trenace Lowe said that she thinks she has a team that is hungry to win the women’s team title.
“We are full of confidence because we have a pretty decent team here. Michelle (John) is here, I think Jody-Ann (Blake) is back and Chelsea (Edghill).
I don’t think we have had such a youthful and experience team in quite a while,” Lowe supposed. Interestingly, all the players on the team are past recipients of the National ‘Junior Sportswoman of the Year’ Award.
The most recent recipient, the 2010 winner, Edghill was oozing optimism when she said that she is looking forward to Guyana ‘bringing home the bacon’. “I am really excited about our chances at this level,” Edghill said, adding she cannot wait to compete.
Kaieteur sport understands that teams from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guadeloupe and the Dominican Republic have arrived for the championships.
Other teams from the Caribbean are to also compete in the event that ends next weekend at the same venue.