Titans ready to “hold their own” at GTTA seniors

Though largely comprised of junior players, Titans Table Tennis Club is confident of providing a good showing at the Guyana Table Tennis Association’s (GTTA’s) National Senior Championships, slated for this weekend (May 19-20) at the National Gymnasium.
Titans’ Head Coach, Dwain Dick, in an interview with this publication on Monday evening at the Red Cross Society building in Kingston, opined that Titans’ members have what it takes to record impressionable performances. “We will hold our own, because at that level it is more mental than anything else. So, hopefully, we can go there, stay mentally strong, and come away with some good wins,” he disclosed. Leading the charge for this dynamic club will be talented national players Miguel Wong and Kyle Edghill in the men’s category; and for the females, Natalie Cummings who recently returned from the Commonwealth Games in Australia, together with Neveah Clarkson and Thuraia Thomas. The categories to be contested in these championships are the Men’s and Women’s Singles, B Class Open Singles, C Class Open Singles, and 21 Years and Under Male and Female.

Success Of Juniors

Thuria Thomas (left) and Neveah Clarkson are two young players that are throwing their hats in the seniors’ ring (Akeem Greene photo)

Having been established since 2011, and having consistently held intense practice sessions, this club has essentially formed the core of the country’s junior teams; and according to Dick, a former national player, it has been the structure in place for the junior teams.
“We take what we do seriously. Tennis is myself and other coaches’ livelihood, so we approach it seriously; do a lot of recruiting, to bring new players into the game; and also try to retain our talented players by organising competitions and seeking scholastic opportunities for them through the sport. Titans (club) is like a big family, and it keeps growing,” Dick said.
For the year, the club would have already organised two tournaments, sponsored by Scotiabank and Banks DIH respectively, which have seen a return of competition to the Queen’s College Auditorium. A fair judge would conclude that the competitions were highly successful in giving mainly juniors seed time.
(Akeem Greene)