GREAT INSIGHT: Dexter St Louis, left, answers a question at the Central Diego Martin Community Centre, in Diamond Vale, last Thursday. —Photos: CURTIS CHASE
St Louis holds court
France-based pro treats Diamond Vale crowd
Kwame Laurence firstname.lastname@example.org
Table tennis enthusiasts were given a treat—on and off the table—at the Central Diego Martin Community Centre, in Diamond Vale, last Thursday.
France-based professional player, Dexter St Louis was in Trinidad and Tobago for a week, following his fifth Caribbean Championship men’s singles success in St Lucia last month, and he took time out from his short vacation to promote the sport of table tennis in west Trinidad.
The crowd of 50-plus included table tennis lovers of all ages—from pre-teens to octogenarians. The younger ones in attendance had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play against T&T’s best-ever player.
St Louis then squared off against Anthony “Sandfly” Brown in an exhibition match. Brown is a former national champion, and a three-time Caribbean Championship men’s doubles gold medallist, with St Louis. St Louis beat Brown, and then defeated promising 14-year-old Aaron Wilson in another exhibition duel.
After displaying his on-table skills, St Louis fielded numerous questions from members of the crowd. He gave great insight into the requirements of a professional table tennis player, and offered valuable advice to the young players in attendance.
St Louis named Seamus Clarke as his greatest local rival. St Louis and Clarke had many memorable battles back in the 1980s.
St Louis won the national men’s singles title for the first time as a 15-year-old, in 1983. He is now 45, and is still the top player in the Caribbean.