04 Jan 2017

Located in the Caribbean island of Jamaica, the picturesque town of Port Antonio, in Portland parish, hosted an ITTF/PTT Level One Course from Tuesday 27th December to Saturday 31st December.

Motivated by the ITTF Development Programme, the course conductor was Samuel Lamount.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Throughout, proceedings were held at the Titchfield High School, one of the oldest high schools in the Jamaica, formerly a fort used by the British to protect the island.

Nine coaches satisfied the criteria of full attendance and thus progressed to sit the practical examination.

“All candidates were successful with Tyreek Thompson, selected to attend the 2014 Youth Olympic Games qualification event in the Dominican Republic topping the standings. He recorded a perfect score, being closely followed by Curtis Dehaney, who had earlier earned a table tennis scholarship and has completed his studies at the University of Technology, Jamaica”, Samuel Lamount

A theory session in progress (Photo: courtesy of Samuel Lamount)

Tyreek Thompson, twice the national under 18 champion, while still being in the under 15 age category is a product of the Reggae Land Table Tennis Academy and is undefeated in the National Schools’ Team Championships.

“Adjudged an excellent presentation, He demonstrated his knowledge of the brushing action of top spin by dropping the ball on the ground then brushing it over the net and allowed the coaches to experience the same.  He moved onto more difficult examples which included the use of multi-ball training and completed with a three points game where topspin was used against backspin”, Samuel Lamount

The successful coaches were Tyreek Thompson, Curtis Dehaney, Brandon Crooks, Daine Dehaney, Franklyn Palmer, Michael Skyers, Jamila Fairweather, Orlando Green and Kweisi Willoughby.

Members of the course with (centre) Samuel Lamount Photo: courtesy of Samuel Lamount)
High Performance and Development Coaching Samuel Lamount