Caribbean Pre-cadet Championships
President of the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) Godfrey Munroe, at a press conference on Monday said that Guyana’s pre-cadet team which participated at the Caribbean Championships in Jamaica over the last week preformed credibly, since they secured seven silver and one gold.
Munroe said “we did not win all the golds but we think we have the potential to reach those goals and we need to work harder in the future.”
Coach Linden Johnson expressed similar sentiments as the President, and explained that regular training will now be implemented for the team.
Johnson posited, “If you look at the performance, they played well, they have some areas they can improve on so we will be putting a structured system for training”.
The major highlight of the tour was when Kaysan Ninvalle wrote his name in the Caribbean history book when he won the boys’ 11-years and under singles title.
Ninvalle won this country’s only gold medal of the championships but had to dig deep to outlast Trinidad and Tobago’s Jalen Kerr in a tough match. Ninvalle prevailed in the thrilling five setter 3-2 over Kerr, winning 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7.
Young Ninvale, in speaking of his experience, says it feels good to be the champion and it was a lot of work, noting that the experience was great.
Other finalists were Neveah Clarkston and Isaiah Layne but they both lost in the finals of the U13 girls’ and boys’ divisions respectively.
Clarkston settled for silver losing to Trinidad’s Shreya Maragh, the division’s top seed who was also forced to dig deep to prevail against Clarkston (3-2) in sets 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9.
In the boys’ U13 final, Trinidad’s Derron Douglas, the top seed defeated Layne 11-8, 12-10, 11-3.
The next attention for the GTTA will be an attempt to send the senior team to champions which will be head in the Dominican Republic.
Boys: 1. T&T; 2. Jamaica ‘A’; 3. Guyana
Girls: 1. T&T; 2. Jamaica ‘A’; 3. Jamaica ‘B’
1. Nicholas O’Young/Priyanka Khellawan (T&T)
2. Jalen Kerr/Brianna Solomon (T&T)
3. Dujaun Jackson/ Liana Campbell (Jam) & Joel Butler/Kelsey Davidson(Jam)
1. Liana Campbell/Kelsey Davidson (Jam)
2. Priyanka Khellawan/Rebekah Sterling (T&T)
3. Selena Khwalsingh/Olivia Peterkin (Jam) & Rohanna Anderson/Jhanelle Blake (Jam)
1. Nicholas O’Young/Jalen Kerr (T&T)
2. Dejaun Jackson/Joel Butler (Jam)
3. Jamali Mauge/Vheer Samnarine (T&T) & Jelani Barnaby/Demar Williams (Jam)
1. Priyanka Khellawan (T&T);
2. Kelsey Davidson (Jam);
3. Liana Campbell (Jam) & Thuraia Thomas (Guy)
1. Kaysan Ninvalle (Guy);
2. Jalen Kerr (T&T);
3. Jamali Mauge (T&T) & Nicholas O’Young (T&T)
Under-13 Medal winners
Boys: 1. T&T; 2. Guyana; 3. Jamaica
Girls: 1. T&T; 2. Guyana 3. Jamaica
1. Derron Douglas/Shreya Maharaj (T&T)
2. Kaysan Ninvalle/Abigale Martin (Guy)
3. Messiah Walcott/Rayanna Boodhan (T&T) & Derick Francis/Alicia Pearman (Jam)
1. Shrey Maharaj/Rayanna Boodhan (T&T)
2. Nevaeh Clarkston/Abigale Martin (Guy)
3. Soleisha Young/Tavera Prendergast (Jam) & Fiona Li/Alicia Pearman (Jam)
1. Derron Douglas/Messiah Walcott (T&T)
2. Nran Bissu/Kaysan Ninvalle (Guy)
3. Derick Francis/Jordan Campbell (Jam) & Ronico Sealy/Emmanuel Gibbs (B’dos)
1. Shreya Maharaj (T&T);
2. Nevaeh Clarkston (Guy);
3. Shurja Welch (T&T) & Rayanna Boodhan (T&T)
1. Derron Douglas (T&T);
2. Isaiah Layne (Guy);
3. Nicolas Lee (T&T) & Messiah Walcott (T&T)