PRESS RELEASE – Lorvorn Blondell of Ave Maria Primary and Adrian Vitalis of Ti Rocher Combined topped the District 3 primary school table tennis tournament, with over 30 students competing to be part of the eight-member squad to represent the district in the national competition.
Tapion, Marchand Primary, Ti Rocher, Forestierre Combined, Ave Maria and St Aloysius RC Boys Primary were the five contending schools. Among the boys, Ti Rocher was dominant to the extent of taking up all four spots in the semifinals, and subsequently places on the district team.
Nas Valcin beat Kevin Francois 12-10, 11-5. Rolando Joseph beat Naheim Phillip 13-11, 11-9. Adrian overcame Arnez Joseph 11-2, 11-8. And Shervin Augustin defeated Rollins Joseph 11-2, 11-4. Nas beat Shervin 12-10, 11-4 and Adrian got past Rolando 11-8, 12-10. In the finals, Adrian won 11-7, 12-10.
The girls semifinals included three from Ave Maria and one from Tapion. Gabrielle Soomer defeated Janyves Crafton 11-7, 11-5. Lorvorn held off Arnicka Mathurin 7-11, 13-11, 11-6. And in the title game, Lorvorn won 11-9, 12-10 over Tapion’s Gabrielle.
Tournament organizer Chris Wells indicated that he was pleased with the participation level and the fact that all the students were having fun. “The District 3 sports coordinator did an excellent job in ensuring that every participant left with a certificate. It was encouraging to see the presence of a number of principals as well as the Physical Education teachers who participated by assisting coaches Steven Joseph and Issan Yang.”
Wells was most impressed with the fact that even though Ti Rocher Combined never received a table tennis table, they made no excuses. They did what had to be done to produce a squad then came in and totally dominated the boys’ division.