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Provost, Lowe top Jamaica Winter Table Tennis Championship

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke
Event director Michael Hyatt (centre) shares a moment with Jamaica Winter Table Tennis Championship finalists (from left) men’s singles champion Damien Provost of France, women’s singles champion Trenace Lowe (Guyana) and Jamaica’s Yvonne Foster and Emile Santos, after Sunday’s finals in Montego Bay.

WESTERN BUREAU:

France's top player, Damien Provost, and Guyana's number-one female, Trenace Lowe, took top honours at the inaugural Jamaica Winter Table Tennis Championship, which ended on Sunday at the Montego Bay Community College auditorium.

Provost stopped Caribbean number-one Emile Santos of the Dominican Republic 4-1 in a lopsided-sided final.

The Frenchman began his assault on the title with a solid performance on Saturday's opening day of the two-day championship, defeating first-up Jamaica's Rajni Brown. He then stopped Guyanese Nigel Bryan, before gaining a walkover at the expense of Jordan Hazle to advance from Group One.

win in fine style

He then got the better of Colin Franz on the way to the final, where he breezed past Santos to win in fine style.

"I think I had a very decent test here," said Provost. "I enjoyed my time in Jamaica, and to win the title is very nice."

Lowe, meanwhile, took care of business by defeating Jamaica's number-one female and title favourite Yvonne Foster 4-0.

The exciting young Jamaican talent Onika Francis dominated the junior division, winning the Under-21 and Under-15 titles, while finishing second in the Under-18's, where she matched talents against national representative Dadrian Lewis in all three finals.

Shemar Britton from Guyana was the outstanding performer in the Junior division, winning the Under-21 crown, and second in the Under-18's, before losing the semi-finals of the men's singles.

senior events

Veteran Jamaica player Keith Evans, who now coaches at Texas Wesleyan University, dominated the senior events, winning the over 40 and over 50 titles.

The Under-9 title was claimed by Lena Campbell, who ruled with victories in the Under-11 and Under-13 girls divisions.

The championship drew participants from Jamaica, the United States, Guyana, France, and the Dominican Republic, to produce two days of pulsating action and provided the approximately 200 primary- and high-school students with a lesson in top-flight table tennis.

Championship director Robert Hyatt told The Gleaner he was pleased with the event, adding that the renewal will be twice as big.

"It took us a month roughly to pull this together, and it came out very well. But the next time, I am expecting it to be that much bigger," he said.

"We are planning a better championship, which we are looking to host once again here in Montego Bay."