Table Tennis Jamaica needs $1 million to support team going to Caribbean tourney

The 11-member team scheduled to participate in the table tennis tournament.

A national squad will represent Jamaica in the Caribbean Region Table Tennis Federation (CRTTF) in the Caribbean Mini-Cadet (U-11) and pre-Cadet (U-13) Table Tennis Championship.

The event will be held in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic from August 21 to 26. The team is set to depart the island today. Eleven players will compete in the Under 13 and Under 11 categories against teams from Guyana, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and other countries.

Tsenaye, Liana, Olivia and Neveah are pictured in this 2017 photo. The girls are part of the national squad.

The Under 13 players are Azizi Johnson, Matthew Fung, Rasheed Clarke and Jayden Ebanks for the Boys Team while the Girls are Tsenaye Lewis, Olivia Petrekin, Liana Campbell and Nevaeh Scott. Under 11 players are Gari Wythe, Nickoy Smith and one girl, Kira Scott.

Godfrey Lothian, president of the Table Tennis Jamaica (TTJ) says the team is short of approximately one million dollars to cover the costs of lodging, meals and incidentals.

‘We have potential Olympians among this crop, but they will never be all they can be if we do not support them.’

— Godfrey Lothian

“Traveling abroad to play is not a luxury, it is an essential part of gaining exposure as a way of raising the standard of play and inspiring the athletes to aim higher. We have potential Olympians among this crop, but they will never be all they can be if we do not support them with the right funding, training and exposure,” Lothian appealed.

Companies and persons wishing to offer support to the team can contact Table Tennis Jamaica at tabletennisja@gmail.com or 1876-616-9825.

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