GTTA gets Platinum Sponsor for Senior Caribbean Championship
Power Producers and Distributors Incorporated has thrown its support behind the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) as that body prepares to host the 61st Caribbean Senior Caribbean Table Tennis Championship and Pan American Games qualification events from March 24 to 31 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue.
At a simple ceremony held at the company’s Water Street office, Deputy Chief Executive Officer- Administration and Human Resources, Gary Hall, handed over a cheque for an undisclosed sum to Deirdre Edghill, the Treasurer of the GTTA.
In an invited comment, Chief Executive Officer of the entity, Dr. Arron Fraser, indicated that he was happy to support the GTTA as part of its corporate mandate.
The Caribbean Championship has been designated by the International Table Tennis Federation and Latin American Table Tennis Union as the qualification events for the Pan Am Cup, scheduled for October 2019 in Puerto Rico and the Pan American Games, scheduled for July-August 2019 in Lima, Peru.
The qualification for the Pan American Cup, which is the qualifier for World Team Championship 2020, will see four male and four female teams from the Caribbean region qualifying, while the Pan American Games qualification for Caribbean teams will see one male and one female team from the region qualify for the Pan American Games.
This is the first time Guyana will host a Pan American Games qualification event, with Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Suriname, French Guiana and Haiti set to participate.
These events also begin entry into key qualification events into the 2020 Olympic qualification pathway.
Guyana has had a rich tradition of regional table tennis success at the Caribbean Championship. In the 2018 edition in Jamaica, Trenace Lowe and Christopher Franklin secured bronze in the Men’s and Women’s Singles, while the Men and Women secured silver in the Teams event.
Chelsea Edghill and Shemar Britton had also won gold in the Under-21 division.