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Published Aug 29, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Aug 29, 2019 at 12:08 am)

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The Bermuda Table Tennis Association’s National Junior team wrapped up an intense week of training at Lily Yip Table Tennis Centre in Dunellen New Jersey with a successful showing a Westchester Table Tennis Club’s prestigious monthly tournament this past weekend.

The team, consisting of Jehziyh Rawlins, Michael Spence-Durrant, David Goonewardene, Leule Simmons, as well as newcomers, Anykio Williams and Jadon Spriggs, participated in a weeklong training camp at Lily Yip Table Tennis Centre from August 19 to 23.

As part of the camp, the youngsters received tutelage from expert coaches such as Judie Hugh, former US Women’s team member and daughter of former Chinese and US National Team member Lily Yip.

The team then travelled to Westchester, New York, where they all competed in various ratings events at the Westchester Table Tennis Club.

Spence-Durrant and Goonewardene had the greatest success, with Goonewardene winning the under 1450 division and Spence-Durrant finishing runner up in the under 1750 division.

Coach Jaymo Durham said he was pleased with the team’s overall improvement in such a short span and their ability to apply their skills in a competitive environment.

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