Slow start to National TT Champs
Portland's Samuel Lamount won the first title on offer at a slow starting National Table Tennis Championships at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education and Sport on Friday.
Lamount played his way past two other entrants to win the men's over 40 crown. Unfortunately, the parish team events were not played as only Portland were present.
A veteran stalwart with Titchfield High School, the University of the West Indies and Portland, Lamount defeated Konata Beluchi 11-6, 11-4, 11-9 and rolled past former Jamaica Table Tennis Association president Justin Allen 11-3, 11-8, 11-3 to win. Baluchi beat Allen 11-3, 11-1, 11-5 to place second overall in the round robin contest.
The most encouraging sight on the first day of the tournament was the form of eight-time women's champion Yvonne Foster on the practice tables. Still just 24, Foster wants a ninth hold on the top title.
"I guess it's kind of nostalgic. I mean I've won it so many times but you know I'm back in training at the University of the West Indies with Miss (Sandra) Riettie," she said.
Sounding cheerful after hitting the ball sweetly in practise, she continued: "I'm confident in my abilities and I'm really trying to get ready for the Commonwealth Games next year in Australia."
Defending women's champion Shanique Clare is overseas and won't be competing.