Following the donation of a brand-new table tennis board and a quantity of rackets and balls to the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF), the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Table Tennis Association (SVGTTA) in partnership with the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVPF) expressed its commitment to ensure that table tennis is revived in the Constabulary.
The RSVPF which once boasted many titles and victories in the sport hopes that the generous and timely donation, would in effect bring back the glory days of table tennis as a sporting tradition in the organization. The handing over ceremony which was held at the Old Montrose Police Station on 02.10.2018, is a testament of the mandate of the SVG Table Tennis Association (SVGTTA) in the development of the sport of table tennis throughout the country.
Delivering brief remarks, president of the SVG Table Tennis Association Mr. Orville Haslam, reiterated this mandate and applauded the RSVPF for their efforts in ensuring that table tennis is once again a staple in the sports and physical fitness initiatives employed by the organization. He reminded the audience of the contribution the SVGTTA has made in the development of the sport and vowed to support any organization that wants to incorporate the sport in their extracurricular activities.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (ag), Mr. Frankie Joseph in his remarks, commended the SVGTTA for partnering with the constabulary to aid in the resuscitation of the sport. The Deputy Commissioner also reminded the audience of the touted glory days, when the RSVPF dominated the sport. He also pointed out that the RSVPF use these sporting activities as part of their community policing strategy, as well as a strategy to keep police officers physically fit and socially engaged because “a healthy workforce is a productive workforce.” DCP Joseph used the opportunity to acknowledge police officers who significantly contributed to the development of the sport in the past, notably Inspector Junior Simmons, Police Constable 38 Rodney Caruth, Ex Station Sergeant Alanzo Primus among others whom he endorsed as formidable players in the sport when they represented the organization in several tournaments.
Also representing the SVGTTA at the handing over ceremony was Mr. Dennis Gaymes, Vice president of the organization. The RSVPF expresses its sincerest gratitude to the SVGTTA for this significant donation, and promised that the donation would facilitate the redevelopment of table tennis in the constabulary and which would ultimately be used as a tool to foster positive relationship with communities throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines.