National team wants 15-year-old Cebuano table tennis player for 2013 SEA Games

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011


THIS early, Cebu’s top junior table tennis player Dannel Jay Tormis is being eyed to play for the Philippines in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games.

The 15-year-old Tormis got the nod of the Table Tennis Association of the Philippines officials during the Philippine National Games, when he beat five members of the PH youth team in the 17-Under division on the way to a gold medal finish.

Aside from that, Tormis has also proven his mettle after beating national team member Richard Gonzales in several tournaments. Gonzales won a bronze medal—the team’s lone medal—in the recently concluded Jakarta SEA Games.

However, since he is only 15, Tormis’s coach, Jessica Honoridez, is concerned that her young ward may have to relocate to Manila to train with the PH team and study in a school there.

“We have no problem with (Manila schools) giving scholarships to these players. Cebu can also provide that. What we are concerned with is the guidance because our junior players like Tormis are still considered minors and they need the support of their parents,” Honoridez said.

To help address that issue, a plan is being proposed to newly-elected Tatap president With this, a plan is being proposed to newly-elected Tatap president Sen. Antonio Trillanes III to create a training pool for Visayas and Mindanao players.

“Cebu has already proven that we have the best junior table tennis players and we hope that Cebu will be the training pool venue for Visayas,” Honoridez said.

She added that Tormis’s victory over Gonzales proves the strength of local players.

“This is a proof that there is no need to relocate to Manila to train. They should also consider that most of the top players are from the province,” Honoridez said.

She added that if this will be approved, members of the Visayas training pool will receive the same benefits as the RP team members training in Manila.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 24, 2011.

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