Aug 03, 2015 Sports
Multiple Junior National Sportswoman winner, Caribbean, National Junior Champion and Junior Olympian, Chelsea Edghill was accepted on a partial scholarship to Lindenwood University, Missouri. Edghill is expected to commence training and studies at the famed United States of America institution later this month. Former national table tennis player, Michelle John had also procured a similar scholarship from Lindenwood University some years ago.
According to a Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) Press Release, the scholarship covers five years and will allow Edghill to train, play and participate in high-level competitions against top level players on a consistent basis in view of achieving 2020 Olympic qualification.
“The College is ranked fourth in the inter-collegiate rankings. She will play 13 collegiate tournaments from September to April 2016, break for Summer from May to August 2016 and resume the cycle for the duration of her studies,” the GTTA release informed.
“She is paired with highly ranked world level players from Poland, Brazil and Ghana among others on the female team and high-level ranked players on the male side. These players will be her team-mates and training partners, which would allow her to consistently train and benefit from a structured coaching and training environment,” the release continued.
“The GTTA see Chelsea as a player for the future and one who has great Olympic prospects; this scholarship provides the perfect environment to nurture her talents and ultimately advance her chances of achieving Olympic excellence while pursuing academic excellence,” the association noted.
Additionally, the GTTA believes that this opportunity will also fortify Guyana’s team chances at doing well in regional and other competitions. The aim is to also supplement her development with training high level external training and international competitions, assessing her development as she moves toward the 2020 goal.
She is expected to pursue Chemistry and physics as part of her academic pursuits. Edghill has benefited from a 75% scholarship, which requires support from the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), corporate Guyana and possibly Government. She is currently in the United States preparing for the China-Latin America Training Camp scheduled for August 11 -17 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This Camp brings the best junior players in Latin America together with players from the Chinese national team and elite coaches. She will take up her scholarship following this Camp.
“As most of you already know I’ve been accepted to Lindenwood University. I’m extremely grateful and thankful for the opportunity to pursue Academic Excellence at this University. I must say thank you to all the persons who were and still are influential and supportive in my journey to success,” Edghill said on her facebook page.
“Firstly, I must thank my Parents for their moral support and guidance, my Coaches and mentors Idi Lewis and Lisa Lewis (no relation) and not forgetting my Teachers at The Bishops’ High School and my lessons Teachers especially Mrs. Harris, Sir Carryl and Ms Shirley Elinor Jordan. Without your undying support and guidance, this would not be possible,” she continued.
“I must also say thank you to my Sponsors, Continental Group of Companies- Sunburst and Mr. Arron Fraser – Wartsila, for ensuring my attendance at The Youth Olympics and other tournaments and also the Guyana Table Tennis Association for chartering my course to table tennis success, Mr. Godfrey Munroe Thank You,” she added.
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