12 countries participated in this event including Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica, USA, Sweden, Chile, India, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago.
The first day of competition began with the Team event in the U15 and U18 categories. The Belize team played in the U15 category and was in a group with Costa Rica C and El Salvador F. The boys qualified out of the group beating El Salvador 3 – 0, but lost to Costa Rica C 1 game to 3.
They were set to play their first match in the main draw on day 2 against Costa Rica B and won in a tight game 3 – 2. They advanced to the bronze medal match and played against Guatemala B, but lost 0 – 3. They would have to settle for fourth place in the U15 Team event.
On day three the boys played the qualification rounds of the singles event for the U15 category and the doubles main draw for the U15 category as well. In the singles they were both placed into separate groups where they would each play against players from Puerto Rico, Sweden and El Salvador. Puerto Rico and Sweden were the two top countries going into this event, so the boys knew they would need to work hard to overcome them. Devesh Hukmani and Taye Parkinson both played their first matches against the players from Puerto Rico, Devesh vs Gustavo Cruz and Taye vs Daniel Hernandez. Both lost 0 – 3. They both then played the players from El Salvador, Josue Mora, and David Mongue, and both won their matches 3 – 0. In their final game for the day they faced their toughest challenges yet, the Swedes. Devesh Hukmani was set to play against their strongest U15 player, Teodor Siljeholm. This player utilized a very strong low slow looping technique which Devesh was not anticipating. He had difficulties adjusting, and despite changing tactics to minimize this type of attack from his opponent, he could not overcome the very quick swede and lost 0 – 3. Devesh finished 3rd in his group and so did not qualify for the main draw in the U15 event. Taye Parkinson also had to face Sweden in his final round robin match. He played against Elias Sjorgen, the youngest member of the Swedish team. He is the youngest, but by no means the weakest. Taye played a great match, but just fell short in the end losing 11 – 5 in the fifth set. The variety of play of the Swede, especially in the last set, forced Taye into making many unforced errors. It was a great match for Taye Parkinson. He also placed third in the group and did not qualify for the main draw.
In the U15 doubles the boys were slated to play against Costa Rica’s Alfredo Sanchez and Ricardo Azofeifa in the first round. Though they played a great match, moving well and countering well, they could not overcome the powerful topspins of their much older opponents. They lost 1 game to 3. Their third day was a challenging one, but an important one. It helped them prepare mentally for the next day’s event - the U13 singles.
On the fourth day, the mini cadet singles round robin began. Taye Parkinson was placed in a group with Edgardo Sanchez from El Salvador, Luis Fernando Ton of Guatemala, and Edvin Lindemalm of Sweden. Taye managed to overcome his opponents quite convincingly winning against each of the other players in his group 3 games to 0. He qualified 1st out of his group. This put him at a great advantage going into the final day where he would be placed against a second seed from another group in the main draw.
Devesh Hukmani was placed in a group with Rodrigo Sanchez of El Salvador, Luis Ton (Luis Fernando Ton’s older and more experienced brother) of Guatemala, and Elias Sjorgen (the swede who Taye Parkinson could not overcome in the previous day’s singles event). Devesh definitely had his work cut out for him as he was in quite a tough group. Despite this, Devesh remained optimistic going into his matches. His first match was against Luis Ton from Guatemala. Luis was very quick off his feet and hit the balls really hard. Devesh had a hard time getting into his topspin play as Luis kept forcing him off the table with his quick attacks. Luis played with great control and strong underspin play forcing Devesh into a passive gameplay, looking for openings to attack. When he would find an opening to attack Luis would be ready to counter and play the ball deep. This became more challenging for Devesh as the game progressed as it demanded a lot physically from him. Devesh could not overcome Luis and lost 1 game to 3.
Devesh’s next match was against Rodrigo Sanchez from El Salvador. This match was a great game for Devesh as he needed the win to give him the confidence to play against the Swede who would be waiting for Devesh in the last round robin match. Devesh would need to conserve his energy for this last match, and so tried to play quick points aggressively at the table. He executed this strategy well despite the hard attacking player from El Salvador. Devesh won this match 3 games to 1.
With one game lost to the Guatemalan and one win under his belt from the Salvadorian, he would need to win the Swede who had beaten Taye in the previous day’s round robin to qualify out of his group. Devesh prepared well going into this final match, understanding that he would need to stay aggressive and to remain focused in order to anticipate the quick changeups which the Swede favors while playing. He played an excellent match using his serves to dominate play early on and getting in his quick attacks off of his inside-out forehands. He managed to dictate play for the majority of the match with his angled receives, dominating forehand topspins, and his backhand punch play. He won this match 3 games to 1. With two wins and one loss he qualified second out of his group. He would be set to play against the number one seed of another group in the main draw on the final day.
On the final day both Taye Parkinson and Devesh Hukmani would play for the bronze medal in the singles event of the mini cadet category in their first matches. Taye Parkinson was set to play against Kevin Brunzell of Sweden (a long pips backhand chopper), while Devesh Hukmani was set to play against the Latin American Cadet Champion from Puerto Rico, Angel Naranjo.
Both boys were prepped for these matches. Their coaches helped them to study their opponents from the day before and worked with them to develop a strategic and tactical plan to play them. In the morning before the match, the students warmed up preparing for the games that were ahead. Both matches started promptly at 9:30am in the morning. Devesh began playing quite flawlessly in the beginning getting up quickly to 5 – 0 in the first game. Slowly, the Latin American champion from Puerto Rico made his way back into the game making some excellent backhand topspin plays into Devesh’s open court. Devesh still managed to fend off Angel, however, holding on to the game at 9-7. At this point Devesh began making some questionable service choices and this led the game to an even 9 – 9. Feeling the game slipping away from him, he became desperate going for more power in his shots in an attempt to try and take away time from his opponent and win the points by overcoming him by force. He instead made two unforced errors giving the first game to Angel Naranjo. During the changeover, Devesh regrouped, understanding that he’d have to play more precisely especially against a player of such quality. He came out playing strong winning the first three points, but was quickly stopped by Angel who decided to play a short game. This forced Devesh to play over the table if he wanted to continue with his strong top spin play. This caused Devesh to become a bit uneasy, as he prefers playing his heavy topspins off the table. Angel would not let him, however, and made Devesh very apprehensive once attacking over the table. This forced several errors from Devesh and it made him play with unease. Angel took this second game 11 – 5. In the third game, Devesh knew he would have to overcome his nerves in order to execute the plan that he and his coach had developed beforehand. It was working successfully for him in the first and second game, but his nerves were getting the best of him. In the third game, he had a slow start, but he managed to make his way back up and managed to stay with Angel going point for point. Angel began playing more aggressively and blocking very well, countering Devesh’s attacks forcing Devesh to have to move very quickly and deliberately. Despite taking the time out to regroup, Devesh could not control his nerves, and had difficulties making the necessary footwork preparations to counter Angel’s game and execute his gameplan. Angel Naranjo eventually took this set as well 11-6. Being that this is Devesh’s first international event against players at the highest levels of the game, he managed to play really well. This game presented him with a unique opportunity to try and control his emotions while playing an important match against a tough opponent. He was unsuccessful this time around, but the experience was invaluable to him and his development. He promised himself that he would not let his nerves get the best of him again. Only time will certainly tell.
Now that Devesh was knocked out, this would mean that Taye Parkinson was Belize’s last hope of medalling at this international event. Taye Parkinson should have an easier time than Devesh as he was set to play against the second seed from another group. While this might be true, any player from Sweden is a formidable opponent, especially a long pips backhand defensive player. Playing this style requires a lot of ingenuity, patience, and knowing exactly when to attack. Taye would have to bring out his best game in order to win. The first game was extremely close, with Taye just edging out his opponent 11 – 9. During the changeover, Taye was reminded to stay focus and keep reading the spin in the ball - play slow and deliberately. This set also proved to be challenging with both players holding serve and each player making very few unforced errors. In the end the swede took the initiative and became a bit more aggressive in the final points and took the game 11 – 9. This took Taye by surprised and it definitely shook him up. In the preceding game Taye had trouble adjusting to the quick attacking play the swede suddenly adapted. He lost the third game 11 – 4. Going into the fourth game Taye knew he would have to play his third ball attacks well, keep the points short, and play the angles away from his opponent and then into his opponents body. This paid great dividends for him and he managed to win the fourth set 11 – 6. It all came down to the final game in the bronze medal match. Like the first and second game, this game was close. Both players played conservatively, making sure to hold serve, receiving well, and putting the ball into play. At 5 – 5, Taye felt he needed to change things up to disrupt this pattern and so began attacking more aggressively. He made some questionable serves and plays and ended up making two unforced errors in a row giving his opponent a 7 – 5 lead over him. He took a short time out to regroup. Still a bit unsettled he continued to make a few unforced errors, giving his opponent a 10 – 6 lead. He then began making his way back into the game all the way to 10 – 9. He decided to serve wide into this opponents pips backhand, which was a smart choice to make, but he rushed the ball and instead of making the clear winner down the line into the open court, he hit it into the net giving his opponent the win 3 games to 2, 11 – 9 in the final set. It was a close match and a tough loss for him as he knew he was only a few points away from securing at least a bronze medal in his first world level event. Like Devesh, he finished the event with fourth place.
For the first time playing in an ITTF International World Junior Circuit Event, our juniors have done exceptionally well. All the participating countries took notice of Belize’s athletes and their young age, and both Taye Parkinson and Devesh Hukmani received much respect from all the players who participated. They acknowledged that in a few years Belize could very well be winning at these events, especially considering how well the boys played in their first international event. These junior athletes were sent out to this competition to push their level further, to gain necessary experience which should help them win future events. To have played and almost secured several bronze medals, in the singles and team events, was much more than was anticipated for them. We are extremely proud of their results and performance.
We are confident that so long as we continue to work with our junior players, we will continue to receive positive results. Last year, Taye Parkinson was able to medal in the singles event at the Central American U11 Championships, and he along with Devesh Hukmani were able to place 1st in singles and doubles at the U13 Codicader event as well. A week ago he along with Devesh Hukmani managed to secure bronze for the doubles event, and Devesh was able to medal in the singles event at the U13 Central American Championship. Now, they have played and almost secured a medal in a World Junior Circuit event. This is remarkable especially considering that all this has come only two years after the work began with our junior players in our body 2000 facility. We are very proud of this result!
The BTTA would like to give a big THANK YOU to the Belize Olympic Committee for its support in this event. Without their support this event would not have been possible. We’d also like to thank the junior players and their parents for their commitment and hard work; our coaches, Wilber Tito Bientz and Gabriel Guerrero for preparing the juniors leading up to the event and for working with them as coaches during the event; to the organizers of the event in El Salvador for organizing such on an excellent tournament; and all others who contributed towards making this event a successful one.
Full Results HERE
Belize participated for the third time in the 2017 Central American Pre-Infantile U13 & U11 Table Tennis Championships, this time in Tegucigalpa, Honduras from August 3rd to the 6th 2017. This year the Belize delegation comprised of seven players, including for the first time a female team as well. This team comprised of Taye Parkinson (age 12), Goran Gabourel (age 13), Devesh Hukmani (age 12), Jofny Paguaga (age 12), Abigail Thurton (age 12), Gabrielle Gabourel (age 12) and Sarai Paguaga (age 10). They participated in four categories at the event; team, singles, doubles, and mixed doubles, and all played in the U13 category with the exception of Sarai Paguaga who played singles in the female U11 category.
7 Central American countries participated in this event including Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica, and Honduras. Nicaragua was unable to participate in this event yet again. The competition opened on August 3rd with the Team Event. Teams were comprised of two players each and each country could register up to two teams (with the exception of the host country, Honduras, who were allowed four).
Belize had two male teams and one female team. These were Taye Parkinson and Devesh Hukmani for Male Team A, Jofny Paguaga and Goran Gabourel for Male Team B, and Gabrielle Gabourel and Abigail Thurton for Girls team A.
Belize Male Team A managed to secure themselves as 1st in their group, while Male Team B and Female Team A managed 3rd and 4th place in their groups respectively.
The results were as follows:
Belize Male A (Taye Parkinson/Devesh Hukmani) won over Honduras A (3-0), and Panama B (3-0).
Belize Male B (Goran Gabourel/ Jofny Paguaga) won over Honduras B (3-0), but lost to Mexico A and El Salvador A (0-3).
Belize Female A (Abigail Thurton/Gabrielle Gabourel) lost to Costa Rica A, Mexico A, and Guatemala B (0-3)
The team event was scheduled to finish in the morning of the second day of the competition with the doubles event to follow in the afternoon. Belize Team A had advanced to the draw for this day’s event. Due to their performance in the qualification round they received a BYE in the first round of the main draw and so went straight to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals they met up with Mexico A, the strongest team in the event. Devesh and Taye fought valiantly, but in the end lost (1-3).
The Team event could not finish as scheduled due to power outages. The event was postponed to the following day. On the third day the event was moved over to another centre in the Olympic Campus and the team events were concluded. The implications of this power outage however, meant that the schedule of events would need to be compacted. This made for a long third day, with doubles, mixed doubles, and singles qualifications needing to be completed in the same day. This would be a true test for all the junior athletes, as more matches would be played in a short span of time, as well as less opportunity for rest in between matches.
In the male doubles event Taye Parkinson and Devesh Hukmani played as one team while Jofny Paguaga and Goran Gabourel as the other. The format for the event is a single elimination knockout format. Team A was set to play against Honduras in their first round of 16 match. They won quite comfortably (3-0). Team B however wasn’t able to overcome Mexico A and lost (0-3). Team A was then slated to play against Matias Uribe and Johnny Vasquez of Costa Rica and won 3 games to 2 in an intensely close match 12-10 in the final game. In the semi-finals they played against Guatemala A team, but lost (2-3), again in a very close game. Belize leaves with a Bronze Medal in this event.
This is the first year Belize has participated in the female doubles event. Female team A was made up of Abigail Thurton and Gabrielle Gabourel. In their first match they were seeded to play against El Salvador’s Kenny Orellana, and Aurora Andrade. They lost (0-3). Despite the loss, the girls played very well. As it was their first time on the international stage, the lack of experience did play a factor in the tournament for them. They remained positive going into the next event.
The mixed doubles event began promptly as the doubles concluded. Belize had three teams. Team A was Taye Parkinson/Abigail Thurton, Team B was Devesh Hukmani/Gabrielle Gabourel, and the third team was sister and brother duo Jofny Paguaga/Sarai Paguaga. This event, like the doubles before it, utilized a straight knockout format. Taye Parkinson/Abigail Thurton played David Monge and Katya Gonzalez of El Salvador in the first match and won 3-0. Devesh Hukmani/Gabrielle Gabourel played David Ruiz and Maripaz Araya of Costa Rica in a tight match and won 3 games to 2 (12,10 in the final game). Jofny Paguaga/Sarai Paguaga were unable to make it past the first round losing 0-3 to Diego Quintal and Aurora Andrade of Mexico. In the round of 16, Taye Parkinson and Abigail Thurton played Johnny Vasquez and Paula Gomez in a rematch of the 2016 CODICADER U12 Games. While this time around the match was more closely contested they were unable to overcome the Costa Rican pair and lost 1-3.
Similarly, Devesh Hukmani and Gabrielle Gabourel lost 1-3 to El Salvador team, Rene Escobar and Sara Romero. The mixed doubles event continued into the afternoon and finished around 4 o clock with Mexico emerging victorious, placing 1st. Rene Escobar and Sara Romero of El Salvador managed 2nd in this event, while Guatemala and Panama placed 3rd.
Immediately after the mixed doubles the main event began. The round robin portion of the singles event would be played. This determined which juniors would get to play on the final day. All of our juniors played this event and each was placed into separate groups.
In the U13 boys single event Jofny Paguaga was placed in group 3 with Johnny Vasquez of Costa Rica, Kobe Zhang (little Ma Lin) of Honduras, and David Monge of El Salvador. Jofny placed 3rd in the group winning one match against Kobe Zhang of Honduras 3 – 1.
Devesh Hukmani was placed into group 4 with David Herrera of Panama, Rodrigo Sanchez of El Salvador, and Angelo Mendez of Honduras. Devesh Hukmani placed 1st in his group winning 3 – 0, 3 – 2, and 3 – 0 respectively.
Taye Parkinson was placed into group 5 with Rene Escobar of El Salvador, Luis Tejada of Honduras, and Alessandro Endico of Panama. Taye Parkinson placed 2nd in his group losing to Rene Escobar of Salvador 2 games to 3, but winning his other two matches 3 – 0.
Goran Gabourel was placed in group 7 with Issac Hernandez of Honduras, and Benjamin Paniagua of Costa Rica and David Mendez of Mexico. Goran found himself in quite a difficult group. Despite some close matches, he was unable to overcome the more experienced players in his group, and so would not qualify out of the group into the next day’s main draw.
In the U13 female’s Category Abigail Thurton was placed into group 2 with Arantxa Cossio of Mexico, and Liz Aquino of Guatemala. Like Goran, Abigail found herself in a tough group including the defending champion Arantxa Cossio of Mexico, and Guatemala top player Liz Aquino. Abigail played a very strong game, and maintained a great attitude throughout. This is encouraging as she was able to contend with the competition’s best on her first outing on the international stage.
Gabrielle Gabourel was placed into group 6 with Paula Pena of Mexico, and Katya Gonzalez of El Salvador. She was unable to make it out of the group as the Mexican’s and Salvadorian’s strong top spin game gave her quite some trouble. Despite this, she maintained some great exchanges, highlighting a bright future for her when competing in the next upcoming events.
In the U11 female’s category Sarai Paguaga was placed into group 4 with Lucia Zavaleta of Costa Rica, and Erika Martinez of Honduras. She had lost to Lucia Zavaleta 0 – 3, but still managed to get through to the main draw by defeating Erika Martinez 3 – 0. This is Sarai’s first year out competing at only 10 years old.
This is the first time for all the girls, as well as the first time Belize has sent a female delegation. We are very proud of them and having them as representatives of our nation. The other nations welcomed our female presence and took notice of their rapid growth over the short time they have been training.
In the end, three of our athletes qualified for the last day’s event. These were Taye Parkinson and Devesh Hukmani of the U13 category, and Sarai Paguaga of the U11 category.
Sarai Paguaga, being the second seed in her group, found herself facing a rather tough first opponent in the first round. She faced Ximena Figueroa of Mexico and lost 0 games to 3. Despite this lost, we remain quite encouraged by Sarai’s spirit and her age, as she is just 10 years old.
In the first round Taye Parkinson (last year’s U11 Championships bronze medallist) faced Leonardo Perez of Mexico. Due to the long day previously, Taye had experienced a strained tricep. He tried as best as he could to overcome Leo, but Leo’s strong tactical game and experience proved a bit too much for Taye, Taye lost 1 – 3.
In the first round Devesh Hukmani played an amazing game against Costa Rica’s Matias Uribe. This match was extremely close with Devesh being 2 games down, before making his way back winning 3 – 2 (8-11, 9 – 11, 11 – 9, 11 – 8, 11 – 9). This win advanced him to the quarterfinals. Winning here would guarantee a minimum bronze. He played Diego Quintal of Mexico and completely dominated winning 3-0. His focus was clear and he played very deliberately. He demonstrated great maturity in that game and managed to close off the game quite early. He would need to, in order to save up energy for the semi-finals and finals.
In the semi-finals Devesh Hukmani faced Leonardo Perez, the same Mexican who took out fellow Belize player, Taye Parkinson. Devesh had quite a hard time facing this opponent as he had a service sequence quite difficult to decipher. Devesh had a hard time getting into a groove not being able to confidently receive the Mexican’s serve. His pursuit to the gold medal ended as he lost this match 0 - 3
For the BTTA’s third international pre-infantile event, our juniors have done exceptionally well, with all the other countries from the region acknowledging and encouraging our continued participation at the event. For each event we attend we set specific goals for each of our students. We are pleased that all juniors were able to achieve those targets this trip to Honduras.
We are confident that so long as we continue to work with our junior players, we will continue to receive positive results. Last year, Taye Parkinson was able to medal in the singles event. This year he along with Devesh Hukmani, managed to secure bronze for the doubles event, and Devesh was able to medal in the single event as well. To make things better, this has come only two years after the work with our junior players have begun. We are very proud of this result!
The BTTA would like to thank the Belize Olympic Committee for its support, the junior players and their parents for their commitment and hard work, our coaches, Wilber Tito Bientz, Juana Barbara, and Gabriel Guerrero for preparing the juniors leading up to the event and for working with them as coaches during the event, to Manuel Paguaga, who was our doctor on site at the event, and all others who contributed towards making this event a successful one. We’d also like to give a special thank you to Willy Chang, Dr. Hidalgo and the other contributing doctors of (BHCP), Anthony Thurton and Associates and the Gabourel and Paguaga Families for making the girls delegation a reality. Without their support this trip would have not been possible.
Sunday July 30th, 2017
The 2017 Barrow & Williams LLP SUMMER OPEN TOURNAMENT concluded this past Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the BES Auditorium.
The event consisted of 2 Categories comprising of an Open Category and a Women Category.
In the end the winners were as follows:
1st Place -- Zhi Chen
2nd Place – Devesh Hukmani
3rd Place – Taye Parkinson
4th Place – Terry Su
1st Place – Gabrielle Gabourel
2nd Place – Su Sen
3rd Place – Abigail Thurton
Trophies were awarded to all top finishers, and were presented by BTTA Director, Yasser Musa, along with our new coach from Japan, Aya Kubota.
Annual Sponsors for this event was Barrow & Williams LLP who continues to provide support for the development of table tennis and this event in particular.
Special mention goes out Gabrielle Gabourel for making history by winning the women’s title at just 12 years old.
CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners and THANK YOU to the Sponsors, participants, spectators and organizers of this successful event."the development continues......!!!".
Sunday 25th June 2017
Today the 2nd SMART Junior Ranking table tennis tournament was held. Players competed in three categories Under 12, 15 and 18 for first, second and third place titles.
The tournament saw a high level of play among our juniors, yet another demonstration of the rewards that come with a strong youth focus.
In the under 12 category Taye Parkinson defeated Che Waight in the finals to take the title while Gabrielle Gabourel and Huang Yo Yang shared third place.
The under 15 title saw a dramatic duel between Terry Su and Devesh Hukmani, with Hukmani holding firm with strong defense and counter attack shots to gain the title. Third place finishers in this category were Amiri Hoare and Rohit Pagarani.
The under 18 stage was set in the finals between Taye Parkinson and Joshua Gegg. It's been quite some time that Gegg has found himself in an under 18 finals taking quite some time off from training in recent months, but he came out playing really well for this tournament. Parkinson’s game however proved too much and Taye won convincingly in 3 straight sets. Latrell Solis and Rohit Pagarani both came in third for this prestigious category.
Adelaide Sabido, representatives from SMART, was on site to assist with the award ceremony and awarding trophies to all winner. President Arturo Vasquez, congratulated all winners, and thanked all participants, parents, spectators, and organizer for making the event possible.
The Belize Table Tennis Association (BTTA) thanks SMART for their continued support for table tennis in Belize as being the official sponsor for our 1st and 2nd Junior Ranking Tournament Events.
For Complete Tournament Results go herehttp://www.belizetabletennis.com/2017-2nd-smart-results
BTTA President now president of CONCATEME
February 10th, 2017
Formerly the Deputy President, Arturo Ricardo Vasquez was elected President of the Central American Table Tennis Confederation at the General Assembly staged in Guatemala on Friday 10th February, 2017. He succeeds El Salvador's Leonel Aguilar Castillo; Emilio Wong, President of the Panama Table Tennis Federation was elected Deputy President.
Arturo Vasquez Elected Deputy President of Central American Table Tennis Federation
January 22, 2016
General Elections for the Central American Table Tennis Federation (CONCATEME) comes up again in January 2017 to begin another full 4 year term for all elected positions.
The election recognizes the efforts our President and our association has made in recent years in promoting table tennis in Belize; the small Central American country that has progressed from zero to competing on the international stage.
The recent development of our junior players since 2013 was also recognized during the election process in Salvador.
Leonel Aguilar, from El Salvador, remains the President of the Central American Table Tennis Federation (CONCATEME)
Tux replaces Sergio Blanco from Mexico who stepped down from the post giving way for a bi-election to fill the remaining term of office, where all 8 Central American countries were present for the elections.
The President of The Belize Table Tennis Federation (BTTA), Arturo "Tux" Vasquez was elected to the post of Deputy President of the Central American Table Tennis Federation (CONCATEME) at the General Assembly held in El Salvador on Friday January 22, 2016.
2015 National Hopes Week Challenge
November 23 - 30, 2015
The National Hopes Week & Challenge concluded this past Monday with over 23 Junior player receiving certificates of participation in the closing ceremonies of the program at the BTTA training facility located at Body 2000 gym on Coney Drive, Belize City.
23 Junior players had the opportunity to work with ITTF High Performance coach Aleksey Yefremov of Belarus for one week leading up to the National Hopes Challenge Tournament staged at the Belize Elementary Auditorium on Saturday November 26.
The National Hopes Challenge is a part of a wider ITTF initiative which seeks to identify the world's top Under 12 cadet players as well as to work with local coaches to improve their skill level. Each participating country is responsible to set up a National Hopes week to identify their best Under 12 cadet players. These players then go on to a Continental Hopes Challenge Week, and the winners at that event move unto to the World Hopes Challenge Week.