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Sport Ministry pays tribute to Delph

The Ministry of Sport yesterday paid tribute to Gordon Delph, the former national champion player and Caribbean Under-17 table tennis champion who passed away last Thursday.
Delph, also a long-standing and well-regarded coach, succumbed after a battle with cancer at age 56. He was crowned regional under-17 champion in 1972, and was also a standout senior player, winning the National Championship men’s singles title seven years later.
Yesterday, Minister of Sport Anil Roberts described Delph as inspirational, who had a “profound” impact on the game in Trinidad and Tobago.
“Gordon’s contribution to the sport of table tennis has been tremendous over the years,” Roberts said yesterday via media release. “He inspired many with his style of play, represented Trinidad and Tobago across the Caribbean and the world, and turned into a thoughtful and respected coach when his playing days were over. His impact and  influence on the local game is profound and he will be deeply missed.”
The Ministry also extended condolences on behalf of itself and the Sports Company of T&T (SPORTT) to Delph’s family and friends, and described the late player as “a giant of a table tennis player and patriot in sport”.
The funeral ceremony for Delph was held yesterday at St Theresa’s RC Church in Woodbrook.
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