Tobagonian Derron Douglas, 15, has been named Male Junior Player of the Year at the Trinidad and Tobago Table Tennis Association 2018. The awards ceremony took place last Saturday at the National Racquet Centre, Orange Grove, Tacarigua.
He received the award as the top-ranked Under 15 player for the second consecutive year. Besides completely dominating the Under 15 category locally, he was also placed in the Under 18 category.
He has become the youngest male player, since Aaron Wilson and Arun Roopnarine, to finish in the top ten in the National Seniors Rankings. He was ranked number eight.
He also flew the red, white and black flag alongside U15 Female Champion Shreya Maharaj in the Pan America Junior Championship in Santo Domingo.
Douglas was also selected for and participated in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Road to Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) held in Markham, Canada.
He was part of the Under 21 and Seniors Caribbean Championship in Jamaica and earned a bronze medal in the U21 category. He was also a member of the men senior team which also earned a bronze medal.
DOUGLAS' ACHIEVEMENTS FOR 2018
Qualified for Cadet and Junior Championships (2018)—1st in Under-15 (boys).
Boys Under -18—1st
Participated in CRTTF Caribbean Cadet & Juniors Championships, Havana, Cuba
Teams Under-15—3rd place, bronze
Named Secondary School Male Athlete of the Year 2017—Tobago House of Assembly Sports Award for 2017
Silver Bowl Seniors, Tacarigua, Trinidad
Derron Douglas, A2 player, played versus A1 players:
Derron 3 vs Andrew Edwards 0 (won)
Derron 3 vs Lionel Darcuiel 1 (won)
Derron 3 vs Alaric Humphreys 1 (won)
He was selected to participate in the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) 2018. He was the youngest male player (14 years) in the Under-18 tournament.
Solo Nationals Juniors—Singles-Under-15—1st place, gold
Mixed Doubles—2nd place, silver
Solo Nationals Seniors—Round 68 vs Nicolai Barbour-Alexis, 3-1
Participated in the Pan American Junior Table Tennis Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Singles: Group stage: Derron vs Terrence Young (Canada)—(3-0)
Derron vs Claude Hoek (Aruba)—(4-1)
Derron vs Sergio Bignardi(Brazil)—(3-1)
Participated in World Junior Circuit Championship in El Salvador
Singles: Group Stage: Derron vs PUR—(2-3)
Derron vs Guatemala—(3-1)
Derron vs El Salvador —(3-0)
Singles round 32—Derron vs Guatemala —(3-1)
round 16—Derron vs Brazil—(2-3)
Participated in the 60th Senior ITTF Championship tournament in Jamaica—Under-21 player
Singles: Group Stage: Derron vs Marcus Smith (Barbados)—(3-1)
Derron vs Jose Navedo (PUR)—(3-1)
Derron vs Maxime Graignion—(GLP)—(3-1)
Placed 1st in groups
Singles: Quarterfinals: Derron vs Barbados—(3-1 win)
Singles: Semis: Derron vs Barbados—(1-3)
Under-18 ………..1st place
Scotia Schools Tournament
Represented Bishops High School: Teams: 2nd Place
Doubles: 2nd Place
Scotia Schools: Singles Under-15 Boys: 1st place