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Jul 10, 2012

Table Tennis Association looking to school participation

Arturo Vasquez

The Belize Table Tennis Association held its fourth annual general meeting at the Belize Elementary Auditorium on Saturday. The matters discussed included accomplishments over the past year and the plans in forging ahead to establish a national junior selection. Association president Arturo Vasquez says that they hope the expansion into the schools will push the sport in the right direction.

 

Arturo Vasquez, President, BTTA

“Earlier this year, actually going back to November last year, we had some coach training for several primary school teachers so that we can prepare them to train their kids further on. And what we did in addition to that in the first part of this year, we donated tables, rackets and balls to about five primary school. So now that they have the equipment and the teachers have been trained, we’ll be able to push this forward. And so I highlighted some of those developments and then also we looked at the work that continues later on as we progress in the new year. And mainly, the priority is on the primary schools again and we want to put a junior selection together.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Okay so now in terms of putting together that national junior selection, of course you guys hope to eventually send them abroad.”

 

Arturo Vasquez

“Absolutely. What we did is that we are planning for early January next year when they have the Central American Junior Cadet Tournaments and those are normally in Central America—so they are pretty close to our region—and it makes it a lot more competitive for us and also financially viable to do. we already have the commitment of the Belize Olympic Committee to help us with that and we also have a sponsor from India that produces table tennis equipment, they are prepared to provide uniform and everything for the junior.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Now with respect to the students from the primary schools, are you guys maybe seeing in them skills that okay you can work with them and we know that if we work closely with them, we can improve their game?”

 

Arturo Vasquez

“I think so. I think so. Kids are always enthusiastic; especially St. Mary’s Primary School. We have seen them coming around quite a lot and these kids are very interested in pushing this sport forward in their school. Of course you know you end up with a big group but the ones that are interested are the ones that remain.” 

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