The team is led by National Coach Calvin Lake, joined by three players Vidal Hendrickson and Kiean Riley the two male finalists in the SKNTTA Labour Day Open and Angelisa Freeman the lone female national champion.
The team is accompanied by Kevin Hope, the manager who coordinated with the SKNTTA all the preparatory events and training camps for the athletes. Hope said: ‘I am optimistic that the contingent can compete and do well within the Caribbean group once we exhibit the mental strength and confidence in our approach to each game played in Mexico.’ He also acknowledged the significant investment placed in the young table tennis athletes by the St Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee via donations in team equipment and financing the trip to Mexico.
Like Hope, the national coach Calvin Lake reiterated to the athletes that preparation for the events does not stop upon boarding the plane to Mexico but in conditioning their minds to compete at an international event, playing for each point on the table and to allow the hard work and investment placed in them to bear fruits. Although the average age for the young players is sixteen years, Mr Lake expects that this event would add to their regional and international exposure, given that they competed in three other regional tournaments within the past three years. He further emphasized that they represented the future face of table tennis in the Federation and ought to take ownership of the responsibility entrusted in them to make the nation proud.
The contingent, in addition to their local cohorts attended a 10 week training camp and participated in three table tennis tournaments hosted by the SKNTTA in the buildup to the to the championship. A total of 36 nations are expected to participate in the tournament with an estimated 144 players competing for Latin American glory. Of the 18 teams in the Caribbean region, only the two best teams will qualify for the October 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico.