Belize participated for the third time in the 2017 Central American Pre-Infantile U13 & U11 Table Tennis Championships, this time in Tegucigalpa, Honduras from August 3rd to the 6th 2017. This year the Belize delegation comprised of seven players, including for the first time a female team as well. This team comprised of Taye Parkinson (age 12), Goran Gabourel (age 13), Devesh Hukmani (age 12), Jofny Paguaga (age 12), Abigail Thurton (age 12), Gabrielle Gabourel (age 12) and Sarai Paguaga (age 10). They participated in four categories at the event; team, singles, doubles, and mixed doubles, and all played in the U13 category with the exception of Sarai Paguaga who played singles in the female U11 category.
7 Central American countries participated in this event including Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica, and Honduras. Nicaragua was unable to participate in this event yet again. The competition opened on August 3rd with the Team Event. Teams were comprised of two players each and each country could register up to two teams (with the exception of the host country, Honduras, who were allowed four).
Belize had two male teams and one female team. These were Taye Parkinson and Devesh Hukmani for Male Team A, Jofny Paguaga and Goran Gabourel for Male Team B, and Gabrielle Gabourel and Abigail Thurton for Girls team A.
Belize Male Team A managed to secure themselves as 1st in their group, while Male Team B and Female Team A managed 3rd and 4th place in their groups respectively.
The results were as follows:
Belize Male A (Taye Parkinson/Devesh Hukmani) won over Honduras A (3-0), and Panama B (3-0).
Belize Male B (Goran Gabourel/ Jofny Paguaga) won over Honduras B (3-0), but lost to Mexico A and El Salvador A (0-3).
Belize Female A (Abigail Thurton/Gabrielle Gabourel) lost to Costa Rica A, Mexico A, and Guatemala B (0-3)
The team event was scheduled to finish in the morning of the second day of the competition with the doubles event to follow in the afternoon. Belize Team A had advanced to the draw for this day’s event. Due to their performance in the qualification round they received a BYE in the first round of the main draw and so went straight to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals they met up with Mexico A, the strongest team in the event. Devesh and Taye fought valiantly, but in the end lost (1-3).
The Team event could not finish as scheduled due to power outages. The event was postponed to the following day. On the third day the event was moved over to another centre in the Olympic Campus and the team events were concluded. The implications of this power outage however, meant that the schedule of events would need to be compacted. This made for a long third day, with doubles, mixed doubles, and singles qualifications needing to be completed in the same day. This would be a true test for all the junior athletes, as more matches would be played in a short span of time, as well as less opportunity for rest in between matches.
In the male doubles event Taye Parkinson and Devesh Hukmani played as one team while Jofny Paguaga and Goran Gabourel as the other. The format for the event is a single elimination knockout format. Team A was set to play against Honduras in their first round of 16 match. They won quite comfortably (3-0). Team B however wasn’t able to overcome Mexico A and lost (0-3). Team A was then slated to play against Matias Uribe and Johnny Vasquez of Costa Rica and won 3 games to 2 in an intensely close match 12-10 in the final game. In the semi-finals they played against Guatemala A team, but lost (2-3), again in a very close game. Belize leaves with a Bronze Medal in this event.
This is the first year Belize has participated in the female doubles event. Female team A was made up of Abigail Thurton and Gabrielle Gabourel. In their first match they were seeded to play against El Salvador’s Kenny Orellana, and Aurora Andrade. They lost (0-3). Despite the loss, the girls played very well. As it was their first time on the international stage, the lack of experience did play a factor in the tournament for them. They remained positive going into the next event.
The mixed doubles event began promptly as the doubles concluded. Belize had three teams. Team A was Taye Parkinson/Abigail Thurton, Team B was Devesh Hukmani/Gabrielle Gabourel, and the third team was sister and brother duo Jofny Paguaga/Sarai Paguaga. This event, like the doubles before it, utilized a straight knockout format. Taye Parkinson/Abigail Thurton played David Monge and Katya Gonzalez of El Salvador in the first match and won 3-0. Devesh Hukmani/Gabrielle Gabourel played David Ruiz and Maripaz Araya of Costa Rica in a tight match and won 3 games to 2 (12,10 in the final game). Jofny Paguaga/Sarai Paguaga were unable to make it past the first round losing 0-3 to Diego Quintal and Aurora Andrade of Mexico. In the round of 16, Taye Parkinson and Abigail Thurton played Johnny Vasquez and Paula Gomez in a rematch of the 2016 CODICADER U12 Games. While this time around the match was more closely contested they were unable to overcome the Costa Rican pair and lost 1-3.
Similarly, Devesh Hukmani and Gabrielle Gabourel lost 1-3 to El Salvador team, Rene Escobar and Sara Romero. The mixed doubles event continued into the afternoon and finished around 4 o clock with Mexico emerging victorious, placing 1st. Rene Escobar and Sara Romero of El Salvador managed 2nd in this event, while Guatemala and Panama placed 3rd.
Immediately after the mixed doubles the main event began. The round robin portion of the singles event would be played. This determined which juniors would get to play on the final day. All of our juniors played this event and each was placed into separate groups.
In the U13 boys single event Jofny Paguaga was placed in group 3 with Johnny Vasquez of Costa Rica, Kobe Zhang (little Ma Lin) of Honduras, and David Monge of El Salvador. Jofny placed 3rd in the group winning one match against Kobe Zhang of Honduras 3 – 1.
Devesh Hukmani was placed into group 4 with David Herrera of Panama, Rodrigo Sanchez of El Salvador, and Angelo Mendez of Honduras. Devesh Hukmani placed 1st in his group winning 3 – 0, 3 – 2, and 3 – 0 respectively.
Taye Parkinson was placed into group 5 with Rene Escobar of El Salvador, Luis Tejada of Honduras, and Alessandro Endico of Panama. Taye Parkinson placed 2nd in his group losing to Rene Escobar of Salvador 2 games to 3, but winning his other two matches 3 – 0.
Goran Gabourel was placed in group 7 with Issac Hernandez of Honduras, and Benjamin Paniagua of Costa Rica and David Mendez of Mexico. Goran found himself in quite a difficult group. Despite some close matches, he was unable to overcome the more experienced players in his group, and so would not qualify out of the group into the next day’s main draw.
In the U13 female’s Category Abigail Thurton was placed into group 2 with Arantxa Cossio of Mexico, and Liz Aquino of Guatemala. Like Goran, Abigail found herself in a tough group including the defending champion Arantxa Cossio of Mexico, and Guatemala top player Liz Aquino. Abigail played a very strong game, and maintained a great attitude throughout. This is encouraging as she was able to contend with the competition’s best on her first outing on the international stage.
Gabrielle Gabourel was placed into group 6 with Paula Pena of Mexico, and Katya Gonzalez of El Salvador. She was unable to make it out of the group as the Mexican’s and Salvadorian’s strong top spin game gave her quite some trouble. Despite this, she maintained some great exchanges, highlighting a bright future for her when competing in the next upcoming events.
In the U11 female’s category Sarai Paguaga was placed into group 4 with Lucia Zavaleta of Costa Rica, and Erika Martinez of Honduras. She had lost to Lucia Zavaleta 0 – 3, but still managed to get through to the main draw by defeating Erika Martinez 3 – 0. This is Sarai’s first year out competing at only 10 years old.
This is the first time for all the girls, as well as the first time Belize has sent a female delegation. We are very proud of them and having them as representatives of our nation. The other nations welcomed our female presence and took notice of their rapid growth over the short time they have been training.
In the end, three of our athletes qualified for the last day’s event. These were Taye Parkinson and Devesh Hukmani of the U13 category, and Sarai Paguaga of the U11 category.
Sarai Paguaga, being the second seed in her group, found herself facing a rather tough first opponent in the first round. She faced Ximena Figueroa of Mexico and lost 0 games to 3. Despite this lost, we remain quite encouraged by Sarai’s spirit and her age, as she is just 10 years old.
In the first round Taye Parkinson (last year’s U11 Championships bronze medallist) faced Leonardo Perez of Mexico. Due to the long day previously, Taye had experienced a strained tricep. He tried as best as he could to overcome Leo, but Leo’s strong tactical game and experience proved a bit too much for Taye, Taye lost 1 – 3.
In the first round Devesh Hukmani played an amazing game against Costa Rica’s Matias Uribe. This match was extremely close with Devesh being 2 games down, before making his way back winning 3 – 2 (8-11, 9 – 11, 11 – 9, 11 – 8, 11 – 9). This win advanced him to the quarterfinals. Winning here would guarantee a minimum bronze. He played Diego Quintal of Mexico and completely dominated winning 3-0. His focus was clear and he played very deliberately. He demonstrated great maturity in that game and managed to close off the game quite early. He would need to, in order to save up energy for the semi-finals and finals.
In the semi-finals Devesh Hukmani faced Leonardo Perez, the same Mexican who took out fellow Belize player, Taye Parkinson. Devesh had quite a hard time facing this opponent as he had a service sequence quite difficult to decipher. Devesh had a hard time getting into a groove not being able to confidently receive the Mexican’s serve. His pursuit to the gold medal ended as he lost this match 0 - 3
For the BTTA’s third international pre-infantile event, our juniors have done exceptionally well, with all the other countries from the region acknowledging and encouraging our continued participation at the event. For each event we attend we set specific goals for each of our students. We are pleased that all juniors were able to achieve those targets this trip to Honduras.
We are confident that so long as we continue to work with our junior players, we will continue to receive positive results. Last year, Taye Parkinson was able to medal in the singles event. This year he along with Devesh Hukmani, managed to secure bronze for the doubles event, and Devesh was able to medal in the single event as well. To make things better, this has come only two years after the work with our junior players have begun. We are very proud of this result!
The BTTA would like to thank the Belize Olympic Committee for its support, the junior players and their parents for their commitment and hard work, our coaches, Wilber Tito Bientz, Juana Barbara, and Gabriel Guerrero for preparing the juniors leading up to the event and for working with them as coaches during the event, to Manuel Paguaga, who was our doctor on site at the event, and all others who contributed towards making this event a successful one. We’d also like to give a special thank you to Willy Chang, Dr. Hidalgo and the other contributing doctors of (BHCP), Anthony Thurton and Associates and the Gabourel and Paguaga Families for making the girls delegation a reality. Without their support this trip would have not been possible.
Sunday July 30th, 2017
The 2017 Barrow & Williams LLP SUMMER OPEN TOURNAMENT concluded this past Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the BES Auditorium.
The event consisted of 2 Categories comprising of an Open Category and a Women Category.
In the end the winners were as follows:
1st Place -- Zhi Chen
2nd Place – Devesh Hukmani
3rd Place – Taye Parkinson
4th Place – Terry Su
1st Place – Gabrielle Gabourel
2nd Place – Su Sen
3rd Place – Abigail Thurton
Trophies were awarded to all top finishers, and were presented by BTTA Director, Yasser Musa, along with our new coach from Japan, Aya Kubota.
Annual Sponsors for this event was Barrow & Williams LLP who continues to provide support for the development of table tennis and this event in particular.
Special mention goes out Gabrielle Gabourel for making history by winning the women’s title at just 12 years old.
CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners and THANK YOU to the Sponsors, participants, spectators and organizers of this successful event."the development continues......!!!".
Sunday 25th June 2017
Today the 2nd SMART Junior Ranking table tennis tournament was held. Players competed in three categories Under 12, 15 and 18 for first, second and third place titles.
The tournament saw a high level of play among our juniors, yet another demonstration of the rewards that come with a strong youth focus.
In the under 12 category Taye Parkinson defeated Che Waight in the finals to take the title while Gabrielle Gabourel and Huang Yo Yang shared third place.
The under 15 title saw a dramatic duel between Terry Su and Devesh Hukmani, with Hukmani holding firm with strong defense and counter attack shots to gain the title. Third place finishers in this category were Amiri Hoare and Rohit Pagarani.
The under 18 stage was set in the finals between Taye Parkinson and Joshua Gegg. It's been quite some time that Gegg has found himself in an under 18 finals taking quite some time off from training in recent months, but he came out playing really well for this tournament. Parkinson’s game however proved too much and Taye won convincingly in 3 straight sets. Latrell Solis and Rohit Pagarani both came in third for this prestigious category.
Adelaide Sabido, representatives from SMART, was on site to assist with the award ceremony and awarding trophies to all winner. President Arturo Vasquez, congratulated all winners, and thanked all participants, parents, spectators, and organizer for making the event possible.
The Belize Table Tennis Association (BTTA) thanks SMART for their continued support for table tennis in Belize as being the official sponsor for our 1st and 2nd Junior Ranking Tournament Events.
For Complete Tournament Results go herehttp://www.belizetabletennis.com/2017-2nd-smart-results
The 2017 6th Annual DUTCH LADY Primary School Table Tennis Tournament took place this past Friday, May 26, 2017 at the BES Auditorium.
This year over 50 students participated from 4 of our local primary schools. These included St. Joseph, Trinity Methodist, Hummingbird, and Belize Elementary.
The format for the boys division of this year’s tournament was a Round Robin, where the top two player from each group would advance to a Main Single Elimination Draw, and the number three player from each group would advance to a Single Knockout Consolation Draw. This format was similarly used for the Girls Divisions except there wouldn’t be a consolation draw.
The competition kicked off at 9am with the opening ceremonies led by BTTA technical Director Gabriel Guerrero. He briefly explained the tournament ground rules and matches commenced shortly after. Over 100 matches were played throughout the event.
In the Boys Division 16 juniors advanced to the Main Double Elimination Draw. These included Devesh Hukmani, Ethan Hunt, Parin Thadani, Carlos Izaguirre, and Andrew Jaramillo from Belize Elementary; Taye Parkinson, Bryan Hernandez, Goran Gabourel, Peter Morgan, Nathan Savery, Sanjay Pitts, Calvin Reyes, Robert Barrow, and Gareth Humes, from St. Joseph; Ryan Usher from Hummingbird; and Jofny Paguaga of Trinity Methodist.
Last year’s winner, Taye Parkinson from St. Joseph made it to the finals by defeating Peter Morgan (3–0), Nathan Savery (3-0), and Andrew Jaramillo (3-0).
Top ranked junior player, Devesh Hukmani from Belize Elementary made it to the finals by defeating Robert Barrow (3-0), Goran Gabourel (3-0), and Jofny Paguaga (3-0).
The final was set and much anticipated to be a heated match between BES’s best against St. Joseph’s best. Taye Parkinson came into the finals with the single goal of defending his title. Devesh would try his best to upset Taye this time around as he has on several occasions in previous tournaments this year. In an impressive match of offense on offense play, Devesh Hukmani managed to emerge victorious over 3 games to 1.
In the Boys Consolation Draw Erick Corea made an impressive run to the finals blazing through the bottom half of the draw beating out fellow team mates Luis Sosa and Daniel Turton both with a score of 3-0.
In the top half of the draw Che Waight of BES managed to reach the finals by defeating Marquis Rodriguez (3-0), and Kimar Cima (3-2) both of St. Joseph Primary. The final was yet again a St. Joseph and Belize Elementary match-up, however, this time with BES taking the Boys Consolation – Erick Corea winning over Che Waight in a tight match 3 games to 2.
In the Girls Division, 6 juniors made it to the Main Draw. These were Sarai Paguaga of Trinity Methodist; Afeni Lamb and Gabrielle Gabourel of St. Joseph; Aejelee Thurton, and Abigail Thurton of Hummingbird; and Kelly Liu of Belize Elementary.
Last year’s winner, Kelly Liu from BES made it to the finals via a BYE, and by defeating Abigail Thurton (3-0).
Gabrielle Gabourel made it to the finals in similar fashion, via a BYE and by defeating Aejelee Thurton (3-0).
Yet again, the finals would see a St. Joseph/BES matchup. Kelly emerged victorious for BES beating Gabrielle Gabourel 3 games to 0.
The final results of all Divisions were as follows:
1st – Devesh Hukmani - Belize Elementary Primary School
2nd – Taye Parkinson - St. Joseph Primary School
3rd – Jofny Paguaga – Trinity Methodist School
3rd – Andrew Jaramillo - Belize Elementary Primary School
1st – Erick Corea – St. Joseph Primary School
2nd – Che Waight – Belize Elementary Primary School
3rd – Kimar Cima – St. Joseph Primary School
3rd – Daniel Turton – St. Joseph Primary School
1st – Kelly Liu – Belize Elementary Primary School
2nd – Gabrielle Gabourel – St. Joseph Primary School
3rd – Abigail Thurton – Hummingbird Elementary Primary School
3rd – Aejelee Thurton - Hummingbird Elementary Primary School
This year, as the results show, more schools are making it into the main draw and sharing the top positions at the very end. This is a testament of the development of the individual table tennis programs in each of the schools. We hope to continue with our school development initiative assuring that it remains competitive.
Technical Director, Gabriel Guerrero, along with Cuban Coaches Wilber Tito and Juana Barbara on behalf of the SPONSORS Santiago Castillo's DUTCH LADY presented the trophies and gift packages to the winners of this event.
Mr. Guerrero also gave thanks to the SPONSORS for their continued support of this annual event where Primary Schools junior players are given this opportunity to showcase their talent and love for their sport of table tennis.
Trophies were awarded to the top four finalists of the Main Draws for both Boys and Girls Divisions. Packages of products from DUTCH LADY were also presented to all winners in each division, including the Consolation as well.
Each year the BTTA presents a Championship cup to the top performing school. Points are awarded to the top 8 finishers in the Boys Division and the top 4 in the girls division (point allocations are determined by draw sizes). At the end of the day and after tallying all the points the Championship Cup was awarded to St. Joseph Primary School. BES had previously won the year before. St. Joseph will hold the cup for a period of one year until next year’s event where they can vie for the Cup once again.
We also want to take this opportunity to thank all the players, participating schools, parents, spectators, organizers and especially the SPONSORS Santiago Castillo and DUTCH LADY for another successful Primary School event. The increase in number of students participating this year and the overall level of competitiveness observed over the event proves that table tennis is growing in our junior segment and that much more can be expected as we continue to move forward.
CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU!!!!
Saturday April 8, 2017
The 2017 – 5th Annual Don Omario's TOP 32 18UNDER CUP took place this Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the BES Auditorium, "the home of table tennis".
The TOP 32 best 18UNDER junior players started out in a Double Elimination Format event with defending Champion and #1 ranked junior, Taye Parkinson; 2014 junior player of the year, Latrell Solis; and 2016 BNE National Champion, Devesh Hukmani all included in the list of participants.
Taye Parkinson being the defending champion is looking for his second win this year towards keeping the coveted cup. Winning three years in a row will do just that. He would face stiff competition however, as all the juniors are hungry for the cup as well. Games were expected to be really heated and competitive. Other top juniors seeking out the cup included Rohit Pagarani, 2016 National’s finalist, and Amiri Hoare who made the finals at this very event last year.
Taye Parkinson being the number one seed and defending champion sat atop the main draw with his greatest rival, Devesh Hukmani opposite him on the other side of the draw. This match up was highly anticipated for the finals, as both athletes finished 1st in the RF&G National Ranking Tournament just three weeks prior in the A and B divisions respectively.
On the road to the finals Taye defeated Daryl Palacio (3 – 0), Goran Gabourel (3 – 0), Latrell Solis (3 – 0), before losing to Amiri Hoare in the match leading into the finals. Amiri’s quick change ups and superb placement proved to be too much for Taye, and so Amiri sent Taye to the loser’s bracket winning 3 games to 1.
Devesh Hukmani defeated Abigail Thurton (3 – 0), Rohit Pagarani 3 – 2, before losing to Amiri Hoare in similar fashion 3 games to 0. In an attempt to try and make it back into the finals he pulled out some of his best shots and managed to overcome Kevin Chen (3 – 1) in his first match in the loser’s bracket. He then played Latrell Solis, but lost 2 games to 3, leaving Devesh with Fourth Place for this event.
Taye and Latrell then played for a spot in the finals. This time the tides had turned. Taye could not overcome Latrell so easily as he did in their first meeting. Latrell continued to pressure Taye with his powerful topspins and aggressive game and this kept Parkinson on edge. Latrell secured his spot in the finals winning 3 games to 2 over Taye Parkinson, leaving Parkinson with third place.
The finals was set. Amiri Hoare and Latrell Solis would have to battle it out for the prestigious Don Omario Cup. The match showcased some excellent play. Amiri completely dominated the first half of the match, winning the first two games and found himself off to a great start in the third set as well. Latrell would not let Amiri close off the match so easily however, pushing the match to a fourth set, and then eventually to a fifth set. This effort by Latrell at an epic comeback however, proved too tiring for Latrell Solis. Amiri, aware that his opponent began to succumb to fatigue, tried drawing out the points longer to further breakdown his opponent. This ultimately proved successful for him, gaining him the victory and this year’s DonOmario Cup.
The final results were as follows:
1st – Amiri Hoare
2nd – Latrell Solis
3rd – Taye Parkinson
4th – Devesh Hukmani
Trophies and the Championship CUP were presented to the winners on behalf of the Sponsors "Travellers" by BTTA President Tux Vasquez and Female National Team Coach, Juana Barbara.
The BTTA also took the opportunity at this event to present the 2016 Player of the year Award. The player of the year is chosen each year by a designated committee and is chosen based on an athlete’s overall performance both locally and abroad, likeability, sportsmanship, and how active they are with events hosted by the association. The winner for 2016 is Devesh Hukmani. The award was presented to him by BTTA president, Tux Vasquez, on behalf of 2016’s Sponsor Creative Marketing. As player of the year he was also presented with the BTTA’s Educational Assistance Award which is a scholarship of $1000 BZ dollars. This is also provided by the Sponsor Creative Marketing.
CONGRATULATION to the winners and a special THANK YOU to the event’s Sponsor "Travellers" for their continued sponsorship and support in the development of table tennis in the junior players. Also a big THANK YOU to Creative Marketing for being 2016’s Player of the year and Scholarship Sponsor.
THANK YOU also goes out to all the players, parents, spectators and organizers of this event.
BTTA President now president of CONCATEME
February 10th, 2017
Formerly the Deputy President, Arturo Ricardo Vasquez was elected President of the Central American Table Tennis Confederation at the General Assembly staged in Guatemala on Friday 10th February, 2017. He succeeds El Salvador's Leonel Aguilar Castillo; Emilio Wong, President of the Panama Table Tennis Federation was elected Deputy President.
Arturo Vasquez Elected Deputy President of Central American Table Tennis Federation
January 22, 2016
General Elections for the Central American Table Tennis Federation (CONCATEME) comes up again in January 2017 to begin another full 4 year term for all elected positions.
The election recognizes the efforts our President and our association has made in recent years in promoting table tennis in Belize; the small Central American country that has progressed from zero to competing on the international stage.
The recent development of our junior players since 2013 was also recognized during the election process in Salvador.
Leonel Aguilar, from El Salvador, remains the President of the Central American Table Tennis Federation (CONCATEME)
Tux replaces Sergio Blanco from Mexico who stepped down from the post giving way for a bi-election to fill the remaining term of office, where all 8 Central American countries were present for the elections.
The President of The Belize Table Tennis Federation (BTTA), Arturo "Tux" Vasquez was elected to the post of Deputy President of the Central American Table Tennis Federation (CONCATEME) at the General Assembly held in El Salvador on Friday January 22, 2016.
2015 National Hopes Week Challenge
November 23 - 30, 2015
The National Hopes Week & Challenge concluded this past Monday with over 23 Junior player receiving certificates of participation in the closing ceremonies of the program at the BTTA training facility located at Body 2000 gym on Coney Drive, Belize City.
23 Junior players had the opportunity to work with ITTF High Performance coach Aleksey Yefremov of Belarus for one week leading up to the National Hopes Challenge Tournament staged at the Belize Elementary Auditorium on Saturday November 26.
The National Hopes Challenge is a part of a wider ITTF initiative which seeks to identify the world's top Under 12 cadet players as well as to work with local coaches to improve their skill level. Each participating country is responsible to set up a National Hopes week to identify their best Under 12 cadet players. These players then go on to a Continental Hopes Challenge Week, and the winners at that event move unto to the World Hopes Challenge Week.