Felix and Harvey to face off

shadiasimpson, shadiasimpson@nationnews.com

Added 10 November 2012

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OFTEN FORCED to play second fiddle to the men, two of Barbados’ top female players will attract their fair share of attention tonight when the finals of the Senior National Table Tennis Championships serve off at the Table Tennis Centre at 7 p.m. The women’s final  will bring together left-hander Sherrice Felix and current champion Krystal Harvey. “It could go either way. We are accustomed playing each other,” Harvey told SUN ON SATURDAY on the eve  of the much-anticipated contest. The champion’s talent came to the fore while  she was a student at the now defunct Louis Lynch Secondary School and  she  has also benefitted from being a part  of the Barbados  Defence Force Sports  Programme (BDFSP).    Now a second lieutenant and administration officer  at the Paragon Base, the career soldier is constantly challenged to find adequate training time, but still enjoys competing whenever possible. While optimistic of her chances in tonight’s match, Harvey, who also holds a degree in psychology from the University of the West Indies, recognizes that whatever the outcome,  her performance will not define her status in local table tennis. “Anytime I play competition I go all out  to win but the reality  is that local fans assess you on what you do at the regional and international level,” Harvey said. Felix, who was also a part of the BDFSP, was on the Barbados senior team while still a student at The St Michael School.  Since returning from Canada where she completed a degree in business administration, Felix has been building  a career as a financial advisor with Sagicor. “I feel I have a good chance. The hard work  I have put in over the years and the experience  I have gained will see  me through,” Felix  said looking forward  to the final. “I am up against  a very tough opponent  but without a doubt  I have confidence in my own game,” she added At the Table Tennis Centre, Nursery Drive,  St Michael, there will be action among the juniors from 11 a.m. until noon and again from 6 p.m.  but as the tournament reaches a climax, most  of the attention will focus on the women’s final  and men’s singles final between Aaron Barker  and Mark Dowell, Finals will also be contested in doubles and mixed doubles along  with the various categories of the rated tournament and classified championships. (PH)

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