Bryan, Lowe among the major spoils again
- win Independence TT Singles titles
Nigel Bryan and Trenace Lowe were again the top players among the corps of local table tennis players when they won the Men’s and Women’s Singles titles respectively at the National Sports Commission’s (NSC) Independence Table Tennis Tournament.
Bryan met his nemesis from the National Championships final last year, Paul Meusa and eased to an 11-5, 12-10, 11-9 and 11-6 victory in straight sets while Lowe was forced to dig deep against her rival, Jody-Ann Blake, eventually taking an 11-4, 11-9, 11-5, 5-11, 11-13 and 14-12 win on Sunday at the National Gymnasium.
In the other final that was played on the closing day of the tournament, Lowe thrashed the heir of male table tennis supremacy, Bryan 12-10, 11-9 and 11-9 in the Under-21 Open final. On the day before, Stefan Corlette beat Sunil Logan 11-8, 11-3 and 11-5 and Chelsea Edghill won 11-7, 11-5 and 11-5 against Akeicia Nedd in the U-18 finals.
At the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, President of the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) Henry Greene, congratulated the NSC for delivering a well-organised tournament. According to a GTTA release, Greene said he was pleased with the discipline and dedication of the young players.
He added that he is looking forward to sending a team to Jamaica to compete in the Caribbean Mini/Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championship scheduled for July 20-25. In addition, he noted that Edghill qualified for the Latin American Table Tennis Championship set for July 10-15 in Mexico.
Dr. Pradeep Balram, GTTA Vice-President, stated that he was overwhelmed with the amount of participants in the tournament, which totaled 288 players from areas including Linden, Bartica and Berbice. According to him, this effort shows that table tennis is expanding and rising.
GTTA Public Relations Officer, Patrick Triumph mentioned that the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Dr. Frank Anthony and Director of Sport, Neil Kumar asked to be excused from the Closing Ceremony because of other engagements.