Table tennis wants to be heard
Thirty-five persons have completed the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Umpiring and Refereeing Course on December 4, 2014.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the course President of the Dominica Table Tennis Association (DTTA) Antoinette Mora stated: "Table tennis does not get much exposure perhaps because we are too quiet but with this course we are beginning to make noise that we are here and deserve to be heard."
Mora noted that she believes table tennis deserves a place in the multi-purpose sports complex seeing that it is an easy sport to integrate once the specific requirements are met.
"I have been lobbying for it to it to be included and integrated in the multi-purpose sports complex and if I haven't been heard before I think that I am heard now".
Meanwhile, President of Dominica Olympic Committee Felix Wilson stated that he hopes that the number of people who got training in the course will help "leap frog" the sport even further in the country.
"Table tennis ought to be a very popular sport in that all you need is a board and some balls that make a good ping pong song. What has happened with the DTTA, this year we had three players invited to the Commonwealth Games in Scotland," said Wilson.
He noted what is now required from the association is a course in coaching to get the students in primary and secondary school more involved.
"I always stress that what is required in sports beyond the talent that the individual will have is good coaches. So pretty soon president Mora, you should have a coaching course and try to target as much as possible people who teach physical education at secondary schools and primary schools because that is where the sport will mushroom into getting many persons in participating," he said.