The 2013 Table Tennis National Championships commences this year with the official season opening ceremony at the Table Tennis Center, Nursery Drive tomorrow at 7 p.m.
The ceremony will highlight the awards of trophies for all the various 2012 season champions and the launch of the new 2013 season. The new Premier League division proved to be very successful in 2012, and this year will see the full slot of six Premier League teams in place with the promotion of champion Division 1 team Spinners, and a special Combined Schools top team comprised of schoolboys, Rachad King, Stephen Payne and Xavier Duncan who will be doing duty at the highest national level.Keen competition is again anticipated from the top teams which are competing at the Premier League level. These teams are Scouters, Fast Loopers, Mount Gay Bays Waters, 2012 bottom-of-the-table Light & Power (who are expected to increase their voltage with the inclusion of Shawn Bellamy who has returned to competition after a break), and promoted team Spinners who won the Division 1 championship in 2012.
This tournament will be played on Saturdays, commencing on March 9 at 6.30 p.m.
Six teams will compete for the Division 1 championship, while eight teams are expected to battle for honours in divisions 2 and 3.
At the regional level, junior national players are currently undergoing intense preparations to compete in the Caribbean Regional Table Tennis Federation’s Junior Championships which are scheduled to be held in Trinidad in April.
This year promises to be a very interesting year for the sport of table tennis as well as a very rewarding one with the emergence of a large number of young and very talented new players who are promising to ‘rock some of the bigger boats’ this year.††