Table Tennis action is set to return to Berbice as racquet wielders in New Amsterdam, Canje District, which includes the New Amsterdam, East and West Canje and East Bank Berbice areas, are set to take to the table on Saturday 15th November. The occasion is the New Amsterdam Canje Schools Table Tennis tournament.
The competition which is sponsored by overseas based Guyanese, Berbician Souvenir Ramdyal, a 2009 Hall of Fame Realtor of Queens NY, will be played in the Berbice High School auditorium, beginning at 09:00hrs.
This is the third year that Mr. Ramdyal is sponsoring the tournament, but this year mainly for School children and C class players.
A number of categories will be contested including U-11, U-13, U-15, U-18 and a special category will be played for C class players and is expected to see most of the best Berbice racquet wielders in action.
The top flight players in the ancient country have been debarred including those in the U-18 category. However the top four finishers in the U-15 category and 58 year and over will be allowed to compete in the C class event.
Play is expected to be for both male and female in all the categories. The organisers are asking interested players to make contact as early as possible.
While the tournament is restricted to the New Amsterdam Canje catchment area a special invitation has been sent to the Guysuco Training Centre, while students from the University of Guyana and recruits from the Guyana Police Force living in the catchment area among others are also expected to participate. The Sponsor along with members of his family and company are expected to be on hand to meet the players, declare the competition open and distribute the prizes at the end of the competition.
Berbice has a rich history in the table tennis arena and among some who would have gained stardom in the past are former Caribbean champions Anand Sookram and Doreen Chow Wah. Former national female table tennis and nine times champion Desiree Lancaster, who is the only female to have won the tournament on five consecutive occasions, former national champions Donna Sue and Vida Moore. Former national junior champion Petal Bennet also won the Caribbean junior doubles title in the 90s.
Isaac Sewnarine, the late Roy Fredericks, Leslie Amsterdam, Alvin Kallicharran, Clairmont Saul, the Duffs Siblings the Alphonsos and Floyd Conway are among others who would have excelled. Incentives will be available for the top four performers in each category. Incentives are also expected to be given to the most outstanding player; most promising and most improved among others.
Contact can be made with any of the following persons – Floyd Conway, Richard Thompson, Desiree Lancaster and Levi Nedd and Alton Holder Straker for information and entry to the event. Floyd Conway is the coordinator. (Samuel Whyte)
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