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(SNO) — The table tennis fraternity in Saint Lucia is remembering the life of a former stalwart. Paul Christopher passed away over the weekend as a consequence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The National Table Tennis Association released the following statement on the death of the former teen sensation, who played at a high level for some two decades.
“It is with sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Paul Christopher who represented Saint Lucia in regional table tennis beginning in the late 1970’s to 1993.
“Paul who was known by his contemporaries as “Barbarella” was a national junior Under 16 Champion in 1978 and also represented the senior national team from 1980 to 1993. He first emerged on the national team playing at the Windward Islands Championships. He was instrumental in Saint Lucia’s success at the OECS Championships which begun in 1986.
“At the OECS Championships, he helped Saint Lucia to win four Team Championship gold medal titles. On three occasions, in 1988, 1990 and 1992, Paul along with Urban Anderson won the OECS Doubles Championships gold medal titles.
“Paul also was successful at the French Antilles helping Saint Lucia to win five French Antilles Team Championship gold medal titles and one Team silver medal. Paul represented Saint Lucia as well at Caribbean Senior Table Tennis Championships where he was less successful but was still very competitive.
“As a singles player, Paul “Barbarella” was known for his uncanny consistency and control of the ball. He had the ability to place the ball close to the white line with regularity causing his opponents much headache. At his best, he was extremely difficult to defeat. He was also an exceptional doubles player. Paul could have continued to play table tennis competitively as a force to be reckoned with but chose to discontinue playing beyond 1993.
“The Saint Lucia National Table Tennis Association wishes to extend its condolences to his family.
“May his soul rest in peace.”