David­son head­ing to TT camp in Peru

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS - Hu­bert Lawrence Gleaner Writer

NA­TIONAL AGE-GROUP ta­ble ten­nis cham­pion Kelsey David­son is on her way to a week-long train­ing camp in Lima, Peru.

The 11-year-old is among 12 play­ers from the Caribbean, Latin and South Amer­ica who have earned this op­por­tu­nity. She is be­ing ac­com­pa­nied by her fa­ther and coach, Richard, who is grate­ful to the donors who have made her trip to the In­ter­na­tional Ta­ble Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (ITTF) event pos­si­ble.

Speak­ing in Span­ish Town last Thurs­day, he said spe­cial thanks to the Tourism En­hance­ment Fund, Win­dalco, Tas­tee Lim­ited, Earth El­e­ments, Sea Freight Ship­ping, Reg­gae Ja­maica, and the par­ents and friends of his Angels Ta­ble Ten­nis Acad­emy for cov­er­ing the US$3000 cost for the trip.

The David­sons left the is­land for Peru yes­ter­day.

Kelsey was se­lected on the ba­sis of her solid per­for­mance at the re­cent Caribbean Pre-Cadet Cham­pi­onships held in Kingston in Au­gust. She was sec­ond in the Ün­der-11 sin­gles and teamed with Lena Camp­bell to win gold in the dou­bles. Though she has missed a few days of train­ing due to ill­ness, her dad and coach said “she’s ex­cited and ready to play”.

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.

TAKEN LIGHTLY

“I think Ja­maicans have taken it lightly, but I can tell you, it’s a big break­through for Ja­maica,” Richard ex­plained.

“She ac­tu­ally is the first Un­der-11 to be in­vited by the ITTF to this train­ing camp,” he fur­ther out­lined.

The fed­er­a­tion is stag­ing sim­i­lar camps around the world, with four from the Peru group go­ing on an in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment, in Qatar next year.

“At the same time, even if she doesn’t qual­ify for that next tour­na­ment the ex­pe­ri­ence and the break­through she’d have got­ten will bring back a lot to the chil­dren,” her dad and coach pro­jected.

Kelsey’s club­mates at the Angels Ta­ble Ten­nis Acad­emy are just as pleased about her trip as she is.

“The chil­dren are ac­tu­ally ex­cited that some­one from the club is go­ing to Peru,” said Coach David­son, “so it will mo­ti­vate them to train harder and see that they can ac­com­plish it also.”

Look­ing ahead, the coach of the Acad­emy pro­jected: “I have two or three young girls who I think can make it next year if we put in the train­ing.”

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