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Barbados set to host Junior Caribbean Table Tennis Championship

1/18/2009

Barbados has won the bid to host the under-10 and under-13 Caribbean Table Tennis Federation Championship in August.

This was revealed by President of the Barbados Table Tennis Association (BTTA) Ray Jackman recently, while outlining plans for the 2009 season.

Jackman noted that hosting the championship will serve to boost the development of the game among the Cadets and juniors in the light of stellar performances from Caribbean under-10 champion Anthonette Riley. “A significant feature of note was the large number of cadets and juniors who participated in the club and the National Championship for 2008.”

In assessing 2008, Jackman made the point that, “ In the last quarter of the year, the Association set in motion the building blocks for a comprehensive training programme to meet the coaching needs of its players. This saw the recruitment of a highly qualified physical trainer, as well as a technical advisor to strengthen the development of the tactical game by the players. Discussions have also commenced to obtain the services of a sports psychologist to target improvements to the mental game. The combination of these aspects will ensure that Barbados can continue to dominate the game at the Caribbean level and be a significant competitor at the international level. It was also pleasing to note that a number of former players seized the opportunity to return to the competitive arena.”

In addition, Jackson stressed that the association will be strenuously focusing on four major aims for 2009, which will push the sport to even higher heights.
“The focus for 2009 will be on a scientific approach to training of both athletes and coaches. Our next proposal is for the establishment of an annual training plan and year-round training, followed by a vigorous expansion of the game in the schools and communities through the ‘table tennis everywhere’ programme,” Jackman said.

The BTTA president also stated that he will be looking to re-establish the school league in conjunction with the National Sports Council, and forge links with the national federations in the Caribbean, international clubs and the Chinese, who are the world’s best players of the game.
(AP)

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