—-Forbes Burnham Memorial, Junior nationals will serve off shortly
President of the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) Godfrey Munroe is satisfied with the outcome of the recently held GTTA 2019 National Schools’ Novice Talent Spotting and Elite Teams Table Tennis challenge, hosted at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
The tournament, which was organised with the assistance of the National Sports Commission (NSC), saw the involvement of over 200 students from 30 schools.
“I’m very enthused by the level displayed. It augers well. And its in keeping with the development thrust of the sport, ensuring that we bring back competitions in the school system and have school teams established,” Munroe told Stabroek Sport recently.
“I think this tournament is just building on a lot of the efforts we have been making in terms of spreading the sport,” he added while lauding the efforts of Coaches Candace Mc Kenzie and Linden Johnson, who worked with several of the schools before the tournament.
Munroe, in staying true the theme of the event, further disclosed that a number of emerging talents were discovered from the three-day event.
Those identified, he declared, will be invited to hone their raw ability in a much more incubated and controlled environment.
“This is just one of the events, and we want to build on this… as we outlined, this is a talent-spotting initiative so we will look to galvanize some of the best talents to work with the national team.”
He shared some insight into the Association’s development agenda for players which include the hosting of National Table Tennis events.
“You will see the Association moving in a direction to host more weekend training programmes. You will see zonal competitions because the spread of the teams in terms of participation is quite huge so we might want to organise it in a more zonal format.
“As indicated this year, you will see much more competitions so coming after this on the 24 February is the Forbes Burnham Memorial Table Tennis tournament right here at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall and then the National championships both junior and cadets will be on March 1st– 3rd.”
The Association is also gearing itself to host the 61st edition of the senior Caribbean Championships which serves off on March 25, 2019, in Georgetown. (Royston Alkins)