Jamaica performance buoys table tennis association president

By August 29, 2018
Jamaica's U11 Boysat the Mini and Pre-Cadet Tournament in Dominican Republic. Jamaica's U11 Boysat the Mini and Pre-Cadet Tournament in Dominican Republic.

President of the Jamaica Table Tennis Association Godfrey Lothian believes Jamaica has the potential to conquer the Caribbean but they have to start planning as soon as possible.

 

The optimistic president made the comments in the wake of the country so far winning three silver and three bronze medals in team competition at the Mini and Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championships currently underway in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

As of Wednesday’s day three of the competition, Jamaica’s U13 girls team of Olivia Petrekin, Kelsey Davidson, Gianna Lewis, Leanna Smith and Selena Khwalsingh finished second to Puerto Rico. Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana tied for third.

The Jamaicans defeated Guyana 3-1 and the Dominican Republic B 3-0 but lost 3-0 to Puerto Rico.

The U11 Girls team of Jada Allwood, Leanne Smith Navaeh Scott and Tseneye Lewis, also won a silver medal. Jamaica also won a silver medal in the Mixed Doubles competition. The U11 Girls played three matches on Monday. They defeated Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic B but eventually lost to Dominican Republic A.

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s  U11 Boys team of Brian Blake, Gari Wythe, Azizi Johnson and Jayden Ebanks took the bronze medal, so did the U11 Boys doubles and U13 Girls’ doubles teams.

The home team won the Under 11 Boys competition ahead of Puerto Rico, who copped the silver medal. Puerto Rico won the Under 13 Girls competition while Trinidad and Guyana tied for third.

 “I am extremely proud at how Jamaica is performing here in the Dominican Republic. So far we have won three silver medals and three bronze medals and this augurs well for the future,” Lothian said.

“What we need to do is to do is to ensure that when we return we start serious planning for next year. Therefore, right after the senior Caribbean Championships, we will be calling all the parents, the organisers, our members, and our sponsors together to have a comprehensive look at this championship and to start planning for the next championships, so that we can ensure that we conquer the Caribbean.”

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