Matthew Usher of Belize Elementary School won the first annual primary schools table tennis tournament organized by the Belize Table Tennis Association at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium on Friday, November 30.
Usher remained undefeated throughout, and triumphed 2-0 over second placed Tyrone Brown of St. Joseph’s RC School in the championship final.
Usher had also won 2-0 over Wayne Parham of St Mary’s Primary School in the first round of the double-elimination. Then he went on to a 2-0 win over Amiri Hoare of St. Joseph’s in the second round. He handed Rohan Gillette of St. Joseph’s his first loss: 2-0 in the third round, before moving on to the finals by a 2-0 victory over Kristian Swasey of BES in the fourth round.
Tyrone Brown had also won 2-0 over Alexis Tun of St. Joseph in the first round, then 2-0 over Cuison Wong of BES in the second round, before he lost 0-2 to Kristian Swasey in the third round. Tyrone then battled out of the losers’ bracket with a 2-0 victory over Lynn Augustine of St. Mary’s.
Then he eliminated Rohan Gillette 2-0 for Gillette’s second loss. He then moved on to win the rematch with Kristian Swasey 2-1, to challenge Usher in the finals
Kristian Swasey, the third place winner, had also triumphed 2-0 over Idelfonso Ku of St. Mary’s Primary School in the first round and 2-0 over Edwin Quan of BES in the second round before he triumphed 2-0 over Brown in the third round.
Rohan Gillette, the fourth place winner, also enjoyed a 2-0 win over Zack Ortiz of BES in the opening round. Then he won 2-1 over Lynn Augustine in the second round, before his loss to Usher in the third round. Rohan then battled out of the losers’ column by a 2-1 win over Cuison Wong, before he lost 0-2 to Tyrone Brown.
Amiri Hoare also won her first round match: 2-0 over Latrell Solis of St. Joseph’s, and won 2-1 over Idelfonso Ku before she was eliminated by a second loss to Lynn Augustine. Augustine won 2-0 over Jaylen Nicholson of St Joseph in the first round, and won over Amiri before her second loss to Tyrone Brown, who eliminated her.
Edwin Quan also triumphed 2-0 over Luis Bardalez of St Joseph’s in the opening round, and won 2-0 over Latrell Solis in the losers bracket, before his second loss to Cuison Wong caused his elimination.
Cuison Wong won 2-0 over Mario Galindo of St. Joseph in the opening round, and won 2-0 over Jaylen Nicholson in the losers’ bracket and 2-1 over Edwin Quan before his second loss to Rohan Gillette eliminated him.
Forty students participated in the tournament: five teams of eight players each from St. Mary’s Primary School, Wesley Upper Primary School, Trinity Methodist Primary School, St Joseph Primary School, and Belize Elementary Primary School. The players were separated into eight groups of five who each played a round robin competition, from which the top two players from each group advanced to final double elimination competition.
The Santiago Castillo Group helped sponsor the event and all winners received gift packages of Ovaltine products from a San Cas representative. BTTA president Arturo “Tux” Vasquez says the association will continue in its outreach program to get more schools involved in this grass roots level of development of the sport of table tennis, and the tournament will become an annual event with more schools participating until it becomes a truly national event, with all districts participating.