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Farley not happy with t-tennis standards

Philip Hackett

Farley not happy with t-tennis standards

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Trevor?Farley?continues to show he is still one of the leading players on the island but the former Caribbean champion is convinced local tennis table has more to offer than is currently being displayed.
The tall right-handed attacker defeated his younger brother Kevin, a left hander, in the final of the highest level of the classified championships, last weekend. The two squared off in the category for players rated 2000 and above, with Farley coming away with a comfortable win.
“It was a good fight. It’s just I knew certain things about my brother’s technique and I exploited them to the best of my ability.
“I think maybe my brother is intimidated by me because he knows that I brought him to a certain level through coaching and playing with him so he knows that I know a lot of his weaknesses. If I am really playing tennis I know it will be a good fight and tonight [Saturday] I got the better of him,” said the older Farley.
But the win is small comfort for Farley who has won numerous national titles. He laments the lack of progress in the sport at the local level.
“I am not too satisfied with the standard. At the moment you have to work with what you have but I think over the years, say for about ten years the standard in Barbados has reached a plateau and I think we need to put some things in place to get the standard raised to another level or two levels higher,” said the champion.
“The basic thing is a good structured programme, having coaches selected in different categories to enhance what they are good at. One coach can’t do everything so we need to structure the coaching programme properly so that each level of player will have a coach to bring them to the next level so another coach will take over.”
Farley’s desire to contribute to the continued development of the sport keeps him rallying on the tables even after around three decades of involvement in the sport.
“ . . . I want to see better things happening in the sport so that is why I keep going. I keep myself at a certain level so that the youngsters coming up could try to achieve that level, to help push Barbados tennis to the next level,” Farley said.
While the outspoken player’s comments were probably more a reflection of a reality in men’s table table tennis, recently crowned women’s champ Krystle Harvey, who like Farley has won several national titles, is more satisfied with what she has been seeing among the females.
“It is very encouraging. I see a lot of juniors coming around and giving the seniors trouble. I think it (women’s table tennis) is pretty stable,” Harvey said following a hard-fought come-from-behind win over last year’s singles queen Sherrice Felix.
Harvey, whose involvement at the competitive level has been restricted in recent years because of her duties with the Barbados Defence Force, still sees a future for herself at the national level but noted that proper planning would be required.
“It has to be planned properly to give me time to make myself available. It requires long term planning from the Table Tennis Association so I can see ahead and work to suit,” Harvey said.