Pride and joy! – Jamaica Observer



The Jamaican team: (front row from left) players Ajani Spencer; Anthony Bird; Logan Royes and Gmarco; (Back row from left) Coach Sandra Riette; players Kayan Denton and Keera Whyte; coach Dale Parham; and manager Andrew Lue (Photo: Gary Royes)

Jamaica Table Tennis Association (JTTA) President Andrew Lue says he is extremely proud of the accomplishments of the Jamaican team during the Table Tennis Federation Mini-Cadet (U-11) and Pre-Cadet of the Caribbean Region (CRTTF) 2022. (U-13) Table Tennis Championship in Guyana.

In a competition at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, the Jamaicans won two gold medals; four argent; and four bronze for a total of 10 medals. They earned 1,080 points to finish second behind hosts Guyana, who won 16 medals – three golds, six silvers and seven bronzes – and earned 1,640 championship points.

Trinidad and Tobago finished third with 10 medals, including one silver and nine bronze, with 790 points. Saint Lucia finished fourth with five medals, four gold and one bronze, with 760 points. Barbados and Grenada did not win a medal.

Ajani Spencer and Anthony Bird, who won the men’s under-11 team event and the men’s under-11 doubles, won Jamaica’s two gold medals. Spencer also won silver in the boys under-11 after losing to Saint Lucia’s Leshon Francis in the final.

Jamaican pair Keeara Whyte and Kayan Denton won silver medals in the women’s under-13 team event and women’s under-13 doubles, with Whyte also securing bronze in the women’s under-13 singles year.

Jamaica’s other medals came from the pair of Logan Royes and Gmarco Smith, who won bronze in the boys’ under-13 team event and silver in the under-13 doubles years in boys; with two bronze medals coming from the pairings of Royes and Whyte and Smith and Denton in the under-13 mixed doubles.

“Finishing second in a regional tournament is our best result in several years in any age group. This follows our third place finish in the U15/U19 tournament in May 2022 in the Dominican Republic,” Lue told the Jamaica Observer.

Lue said Jamaica have many talented players who can perform better if given more resources.

“The players have learned a lot and will focus on improving their game as soon as they start training at home. Each player will receive an analysis of their performance with recommendations to improve the technical aspects of their game.

“We also realize that they need to improve their mental toughness under pressure. Thanks to our national coaches, Dale Parham and Sandra Riettie, for their hard work with this team, and I also acknowledge the contribution of the coaches of their various clubs,” said Read.

The Jamaican delegation is expected to return to the island on Saturday.

Lue…players have learned a lot and will focus on improving their game as soon as they start training at home.

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