The 2017 6th Annual DUTCH LADY Primary School Table Tennis Tournament took place this past Friday, May 26, 2017 at the BES Auditorium.
This year over 50 students participated from 4 of our local primary schools. These included St. Joseph, Trinity Methodist, Hummingbird, and Belize Elementary.
The format for the boys division of this year’s tournament was a Round Robin, where the top two player from each group would advance to a Main Single Elimination Draw, and the number three player from each group would advance to a Single Knockout Consolation Draw. This format was similarly used for the Girls Divisions except there wouldn’t be a consolation draw.
The competition kicked off at 9am with the opening ceremonies led by BTTA technical Director Gabriel Guerrero. He briefly explained the tournament ground rules and matches commenced shortly after. Over 100 matches were played throughout the event.
In the Boys Division 16 juniors advanced to the Main Double Elimination Draw. These included Devesh Hukmani, Ethan Hunt, Parin Thadani, Carlos Izaguirre, and Andrew Jaramillo from Belize Elementary; Taye Parkinson, Bryan Hernandez, Goran Gabourel, Peter Morgan, Nathan Savery, Sanjay Pitts, Calvin Reyes, Robert Barrow, and Gareth Humes, from St. Joseph; Ryan Usher from Hummingbird; and Jofny Paguaga of Trinity Methodist.
Last year’s winner, Taye Parkinson from St. Joseph made it to the finals by defeating Peter Morgan (3–0), Nathan Savery (3-0), and Andrew Jaramillo (3-0).
Top ranked junior player, Devesh Hukmani from Belize Elementary made it to the finals by defeating Robert Barrow (3-0), Goran Gabourel (3-0), and Jofny Paguaga (3-0).
The final was set and much anticipated to be a heated match between BES’s best against St. Joseph’s best. Taye Parkinson came into the finals with the single goal of defending his title. Devesh would try his best to upset Taye this time around as he has on several occasions in previous tournaments this year. In an impressive match of offense on offense play, Devesh Hukmani managed to emerge victorious over 3 games to 1.
In the Boys Consolation Draw Erick Corea made an impressive run to the finals blazing through the bottom half of the draw beating out fellow team mates Luis Sosa and Daniel Turton both with a score of 3-0.
In the top half of the draw Che Waight of BES managed to reach the finals by defeating Marquis Rodriguez (3-0), and Kimar Cima (3-2) both of St. Joseph Primary. The final was yet again a St. Joseph and Belize Elementary match-up, however, this time with BES taking the Boys Consolation – Erick Corea winning over Che Waight in a tight match 3 games to 2.
In the Girls Division, 6 juniors made it to the Main Draw. These were Sarai Paguaga of Trinity Methodist; Afeni Lamb and Gabrielle Gabourel of St. Joseph; Aejelee Thurton, and Abigail Thurton of Hummingbird; and Kelly Liu of Belize Elementary.
Last year’s winner, Kelly Liu from BES made it to the finals via a BYE, and by defeating Abigail Thurton (3-0).
Gabrielle Gabourel made it to the finals in similar fashion, via a BYE and by defeating Aejelee Thurton (3-0).
Yet again, the finals would see a St. Joseph/BES matchup. Kelly emerged victorious for BES beating Gabrielle Gabourel 3 games to 0.
The final results of all Divisions were as follows:
1st – Devesh Hukmani - Belize Elementary Primary School
2nd – Taye Parkinson - St. Joseph Primary School
3rd – Jofny Paguaga – Trinity Methodist School
3rd – Andrew Jaramillo - Belize Elementary Primary School
1st – Erick Corea – St. Joseph Primary School
2nd – Che Waight – Belize Elementary Primary School
3rd – Kimar Cima – St. Joseph Primary School
3rd – Daniel Turton – St. Joseph Primary School
1st – Kelly Liu – Belize Elementary Primary School
2nd – Gabrielle Gabourel – St. Joseph Primary School
3rd – Abigail Thurton – Hummingbird Elementary Primary School
3rd – Aejelee Thurton - Hummingbird Elementary Primary School
This year, as the results show, more schools are making it into the main draw and sharing the top positions at the very end. This is a testament of the development of the individual table tennis programs in each of the schools. We hope to continue with our school development initiative assuring that it remains competitive.
Technical Director, Gabriel Guerrero, along with Cuban Coaches Wilber Tito and Juana Barbara on behalf of the SPONSORS Santiago Castillo's DUTCH LADY presented the trophies and gift packages to the winners of this event.
Mr. Guerrero also gave thanks to the SPONSORS for their continued support of this annual event where Primary Schools junior players are given this opportunity to showcase their talent and love for their sport of table tennis.
Trophies were awarded to the top four finalists of the Main Draws for both Boys and Girls Divisions. Packages of products from DUTCH LADY were also presented to all winners in each division, including the Consolation as well.
Each year the BTTA presents a Championship cup to the top performing school. Points are awarded to the top 8 finishers in the Boys Division and the top 4 in the girls division (point allocations are determined by draw sizes). At the end of the day and after tallying all the points the Championship Cup was awarded to St. Joseph Primary School. BES had previously won the year before. St. Joseph will hold the cup for a period of one year until next year’s event where they can vie for the Cup once again.
We also want to take this opportunity to thank all the players, participating schools, parents, spectators, organizers and especially the SPONSORS Santiago Castillo and DUTCH LADY for another successful Primary School event. The increase in number of students participating this year and the overall level of competitiveness observed over the event proves that table tennis is growing in our junior segment and that much more can be expected as we continue to move forward.
CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU!!!!
Saturday April 8, 2017
The 2017 – 5th Annual Don Omario's TOP 32 18UNDER CUP took place this Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the BES Auditorium, "the home of table tennis".
The TOP 32 best 18UNDER junior players started out in a Double Elimination Format event with defending Champion and #1 ranked junior, Taye Parkinson; 2014 junior player of the year, Latrell Solis; and 2016 BNE National Champion, Devesh Hukmani all included in the list of participants.
Taye Parkinson being the defending champion is looking for his second win this year towards keeping the coveted cup. Winning three years in a row will do just that. He would face stiff competition however, as all the juniors are hungry for the cup as well. Games were expected to be really heated and competitive. Other top juniors seeking out the cup included Rohit Pagarani, 2016 National’s finalist, and Amiri Hoare who made the finals at this very event last year.
Taye Parkinson being the number one seed and defending champion sat atop the main draw with his greatest rival, Devesh Hukmani opposite him on the other side of the draw. This match up was highly anticipated for the finals, as both athletes finished 1st in the RF&G National Ranking Tournament just three weeks prior in the A and B divisions respectively.
On the road to the finals Taye defeated Daryl Palacio (3 – 0), Goran Gabourel (3 – 0), Latrell Solis (3 – 0), before losing to Amiri Hoare in the match leading into the finals. Amiri’s quick change ups and superb placement proved to be too much for Taye, and so Amiri sent Taye to the loser’s bracket winning 3 games to 1.
Devesh Hukmani defeated Abigail Thurton (3 – 0), Rohit Pagarani 3 – 2, before losing to Amiri Hoare in similar fashion 3 games to 0. In an attempt to try and make it back into the finals he pulled out some of his best shots and managed to overcome Kevin Chen (3 – 1) in his first match in the loser’s bracket. He then played Latrell Solis, but lost 2 games to 3, leaving Devesh with Fourth Place for this event.
Taye and Latrell then played for a spot in the finals. This time the tides had turned. Taye could not overcome Latrell so easily as he did in their first meeting. Latrell continued to pressure Taye with his powerful topspins and aggressive game and this kept Parkinson on edge. Latrell secured his spot in the finals winning 3 games to 2 over Taye Parkinson, leaving Parkinson with third place.
The finals was set. Amiri Hoare and Latrell Solis would have to battle it out for the prestigious Don Omario Cup. The match showcased some excellent play. Amiri completely dominated the first half of the match, winning the first two games and found himself off to a great start in the third set as well. Latrell would not let Amiri close off the match so easily however, pushing the match to a fourth set, and then eventually to a fifth set. This effort by Latrell at an epic comeback however, proved too tiring for Latrell Solis. Amiri, aware that his opponent began to succumb to fatigue, tried drawing out the points longer to further breakdown his opponent. This ultimately proved successful for him, gaining him the victory and this year’s DonOmario Cup.
The final results were as follows:
1st – Amiri Hoare
2nd – Latrell Solis
3rd – Taye Parkinson
4th – Devesh Hukmani
Trophies and the Championship CUP were presented to the winners on behalf of the Sponsors "Travellers" by BTTA President Tux Vasquez and Female National Team Coach, Juana Barbara.
The BTTA also took the opportunity at this event to present the 2016 Player of the year Award. The player of the year is chosen each year by a designated committee and is chosen based on an athlete’s overall performance both locally and abroad, likeability, sportsmanship, and how active they are with events hosted by the association. The winner for 2016 is Devesh Hukmani. The award was presented to him by BTTA president, Tux Vasquez, on behalf of 2016’s Sponsor Creative Marketing. As player of the year he was also presented with the BTTA’s Educational Assistance Award which is a scholarship of $1000 BZ dollars. This is also provided by the Sponsor Creative Marketing.
CONGRATULATION to the winners and a special THANK YOU to the event’s Sponsor "Travellers" for their continued sponsorship and support in the development of table tennis in the junior players. Also a big THANK YOU to Creative Marketing for being 2016’s Player of the year and Scholarship Sponsor.
THANK YOU also goes out to all the players, parents, spectators and organizers of this event.
Sunday 5th March 2017
Today the Annual SMART bi-annual 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 Gabrielle Gabourel in the finals to take the title while Daniel Turton and Sarai Paguaga shared third place.
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.