President of the Titans Table Tennis club, Dwain Dick, says that the club’s upcoming Gold Cup Tournament is an avenue for developing young talents since it is one of those tournaments that players look forward to each year.
Speaking at press conference on Friday at the Red Cross building, to mark the official launching of the tournament, which serves-off on October 28 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Dick stated, “this tournament is not just for accolades, we have seen this tournament develop into something that has been looked forward to by the athletes and my the other persons involved”.
He added, “we have received numerous support from our sponsors and will be looking to make it bigger and better this year, we had added a new feature which is a fitness clinic for young children and it will conducted by Barrington Brown, so we hope to have 50 to 100 kids in that clinic.
Dick is hopeful that players from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, who have indicated interest, will attend. He also disclosed that there will be a use of “certified umpires and referees who graduated from the last umpire course which is aimed at raising the level of officiating at the tournament.
The Club President revealed that the tournament will be used as preparation for the Guyanese contingent that will be attending the Joola North American championships from November 25-27.
Meanwhile, President of the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) Godfrey Munroe expressed that, “we at the we are very happy to support the event; this is a grey area for us in terms of the frequency of competitions , it something we are working assiduously to address in the new year”.
Munroe further stated that, “ it is fitting that Titans table tennis club which has been producing some of the talents has up organized this event; we ask other clubs seek to emulate such events since the association cannot alone take the burden”.
The tournament which will last for three days will see categories such as Under 9, Under 11, 13, 15 and 18 boys and girls, Under 21 Open, B Class Open, and Over 40 and 50 Open being contested; registration forms for the can be obtain at the club’s location inside the Red Cross building.
Top performers will be rewarded. $60,000 will be awarded to first place winner in the male senior singles category, $50,000 for the female and $40,000 for the veterans category.
The table tennis club has been in existence for five years and has produced Caribbean medalist such as Thuraia Thomas, Isaiah Layne and the Wong brothers (Miguel and Colin).