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De’Andre Calderon of Corinth makes local table tennis history

By Terry Finisterre

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History was made at Saint Lucia’s National Table Tennis Championships over the past two days.

De’Andre Calderon of Corinth (Gros Islet), Castries Comprehensive Secondary School, and the Eagles club became Saint Lucia’s youngest senior men’s table tennis champion ever on Sunday, defeating former Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) champion, Adrian Albert. The singles and doubles portions of the National Table Tennis Championships concluded over the weekend.

Aged just 14, and fresh off winning an U21 tournament in Barbados with two wold-ranked player, Calderon’s star keeps rising. His ranking moved from 9 to 3. Only one player was able to take a set off him, fellow teenager, Kenneth John (Grand Riviere, Babonneau Secondary, and Tigers). John finished joint third with youth coach Chris Wells in the singles competition.

Calderon’s team also came second in mixed doubles and men’s doubles. Wells and Albert beat Calderon and Jelanie Dusauzay in a hard-fought six-set contest. Tuesday evening his team plays finals against Albert’s team.

Zarianne Anthony was a big winner over the weekend as well. She beat Lenore Adjodha in straight sets for the singles title, joined Shernan Jankie to overcome Calderon and Giselle McGowan 3-1, then combined with Juelle St Claire to take the women’s doubles title over Adjodha and McGowan.

Detailed scores are to follow from the Saint Lucia Table Tennis Association.

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