A 12-member team representing the Guyana Table Tennis Association bagged three titles at the inaugural 2015 Jamaica Winter Table Tennis Open championships played from February 27- March 1 at the Montego Bay Community College.
Trenace Lowe won the men’s singles, Shemar Britton, the U21 years Open and Kyle Edghill the boys U18 division at the tournament which is the brainchild of former Caribbean table tennis champion Michael Hyatt and his brother Robert a former Jamaica national player.
The tournament, which was sanctioned by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) involved players likes of Damien Provost of France and Emille Santos of the Dominican Republic.
In the women’s final Lowe defeated Jamaica’s Yvonne Foster 4-0 while Britton and Edghill split the U21 and U18 divisions with Edghill winning the U18 final and Britton the U21.
In the men’s singles Guyana’s Edinho Lewis lost to Provost of France 0-4, Britton lost to Santos of Dominican Republic 2-4 while in the quarter finals Lewis defeated Paulton Madden (Jamaica) 4-2 and Britton defeated Bin Chu (USA) 4-3.
Guyana’s Nigel Bryan, Edghill, Joel Alleyne and Elishaba Johnson reached the round of 16.
Guyana’s Colin Wong placed third in the 11 years-and-under boys’ while Miguel Wong (Guyana) lost to Alessio Tulloch (Jamaica) 2-3 in the boys’ 15 years and under category.
In the 18 years and under boys’ final Edghill defeated Shemar Britton 3-2, while Johnson, Sheldon Atherly and Wong reached the quarter finals while in the 21-years-and-under boys’ final Britton defeated Edghill 4-2 with Johnson, Atherly and Wong reaching the quarter finals.
Veteran Colin France reached the final of the 50-years-and-over category but lost to Keith Evans (Jamaica) 1-3. France also placed third in the 40 years and over category with Guyana’s Raynor `Copter’ Anderson failing to get out of his groups in both categories.
According to a press release from the GTTA, the tournament provided
a truly great opportunity for some of the players selected to develop their technical and tactical skills against some of the regions, world and Jamaica’s best players.
Fly Jamaica partly sponsored the tickets to facilitate the team’s participation