Davidson and the ‘op­por­tu­nity of a life­time’

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Hu­bert Lawrence Gleaner Writer

AC­CORD­ING TO her coach/fa­ther, 11-year-old Kelsey Davidson is ex­cited about her par­tic­i­pa­tion in an up­com­ing In­ter­na­tional Ta­ble Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (ITTF) train­ing camp in Peru.

He de­scribes the camp as the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time for the Caribbean Pre-Cadet Un­der-11 run­ner-up and be­lieves it will help her to im­prove her game. As a re­sult, ef­forts are un­der way to raise the funds needed to make the trip.

Kelsey, the na­tional cham­pion in her age group, is look­ing for­ward to the one-week camp, which will be staged in Lima, Peru, start­ing on Oc­to­ber 18.

“She’s re­ally ex­cited,” her fa­ther and coach, Richard Davidson, re­vealed in an in­ter­view on Septem­ber 27.

“Ac­tu­ally, it’s the first 11year-old to be in­vited from Ja­maica to this train­ing camp so it’s an hon­our and a priv­i­lege for us and it’s the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time,” he noted.

Kelsey was se­lected on the ba­sis of her solid per­for­mance at the re­cent Caribbean Pre-Cadet Cham­pi­onships held in Kingston last month. She was sec­ond in the Un­der-11 sin­gles and teamed with Lena Camp­bell to win gold in the cor­re­spond­ing dou­bles event.


Priyanka Khellawan of Trinidad and Tobago, who beat lit­tle Davidson to win that sin­gles event in­side Kingston’s Na­tional Arena, will also be among the 12 young play­ers at camp in Lima. They will be in­structed by top coaches from the ITTF.

“Once she goes and sees that type of train­ing, and it’s more fo­cused, more dis­ci­plined, more or­gan­ised, more struc­tured, she will adapt to it and I can tell you that it will be a big plus for her,” pre­dicted her fa­ther.

Kelsey trains at the An­gels Ta­ble Ten­nis Academy un­der her fa­ther’s watch­ful eyes and both will be mak­ing the trip, pro­vided fund­ing can be found in time.

“Now we need ap­prox­i­mately Na­tional men’s cham­pion Si­mon Tom­lin­son and Kelsey Davidson pose after her per­for­mance at the re­cent Caribbean Pre-Cadet Ta­ble Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships in Kingston.

US$3000 be­cause the ITTF will only be pro­vid­ing board­ing and meals for Kelsey,” he re­ported. Since she is a mi­nor, she has to go with a par­ent or coach.

“So we’re go­ing to need fund­ing for her to go and for my­self to go as fa­ther/coach,” he re­lated.

He said per­sons or wish­ing com­pa­nies could con­tact him at 373-9126. Richard ex­pects to learn in Lima, too.

“I think I’m go­ing to be meet­ing with coaches from the ITTF, from other coun­tries to share their ex­pe­ri­ences,” he said. Sa­muels top-scored with 42 not out.



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