The Dominica team which participated in the 17th OECS Table Tennis Tournament returned home Sunday after what they considered to be successful event.
St. Lucia, Grenada, Dominica and two teams from host country St. Vincent participated in the tournament which included men and women team events, men’s doubles, women doubles, mixed doubles and men and women singles.
Dominica placed fourth in ladies team events and fifth in the men’s team events, which were won by Grenada and St Lucia Respectively.
Dominica’s Gem Eloi and Larrysa Dover won the Women Doubles, Adrien Albert and Shermain Hyacinth of St. Lucia the Mixed Doubles, Kamal Hunte and Romano Spencer of St Vincent the Men Doubles, Robert Ballantyne of St. Vincent the Men Singles and Shermaine Hyacinth of St Lucia the Women Singles. Gem Eloi was third in the women singles and she was unanimously voted as the most promising female player of the tournament.
Larrysa Dover came out of the shadows of the singles qualifiers to team up with Gem Eloi to play an exciting final. They were able to overcome a two match deficit to win three games to two and win the championship, thanks to the coaching of male player Dane Taylor.
Veteran player Donald Corriette played well in some of his matches while Secondary Schools Table Tennis Champion Dane Taylor and runner up Briel Thomas provided some positive showings especially in the doubles matches confirming the schools program should be the foundation of all sporting programs.
A tele-conference with the managers and representatives of Table Tennis associations of the OECS agreed on an interim committee of three headed by Teddy Matthews of St. Lucia to prepare a draft constitution for the OECS Table Tennis Federation to be approved by members attending the Caribbean Table Tennis Championships scheduled to be held in Guyana in August. This would facilitate affiliation to the Caribbean Table Tennis Federation, Latin American Table Tennis Federation and the International Table Tennis Federation. The National Olympic Federations of the OECS are in support of that initiative which it is hoped will bring stronger representation and benefits to the Table Tennis fraternity of the sub region.
It was also agreed that the OECS Table Tennis Championships would be permanently included for the Whitsuntide week end on the OECS Calendar. Dominica is expected to be the host of the 2012 OECS Table Tennis Championships.