Seasoned trio in team
National champion Mark Dowell is one of three experienced players named in the men’s table tennis team to represent Barbados at the 20th Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from July 23 to August 3.
The men’s team also includes the Farley brothers, Kevin and Trevor, both former Caribbean champions. Current women’s champion Krystle Harvey, former champion Sherrice Felix and former Caribbean Under-10 champion Anthonette Riley comprise the women’s team.
The manager is Philip Hackett while team captain Trevor Farley will take on the role of player/coach in the absence of head coach David Harris.
Trevor, a right-handed attacking player who won the 2002 Caribbean men’s singles title in Puerto Rico, competed at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England and the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.
Farley, who recently completed his level three coaching certification and is one of only two level three coaches on the island, was also coach of the team that competed at the 2010 Games in New Delhi, India.
Kevin, the younger of the two Farley siblings, was the 2008 Caribbean singles champion.
The left-handed attacking player previously competed at the Commonwealth Games in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
Dowell’s previous experience at Commonwealth Games level came in 2010.
Harvey, captain of the women’s team, played in the 2002 Manchester Games while Felix competed at the 2010 event in India.
This will be the first Commonwealth Games experience for 16-year-old Riley, a student of Combermere School.
The team leaves Barbados on Thursday. Along with the team events, the players will also compete in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. (PH)