Barbados host first ever regional road tennis clinic

With the hosting of the first ever Road Tennis International Workshop, Barbados is now poised to take its indigenous sport to the rest of the world.

That was the view of Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley, as he addressed participants from six Caribbean territories this morning at the Wildey Gymnasium during the opening of the inaugural clinic.

Barbados’ number one road tennis player Mark Griffith (left) and Peter Moore giving some tips during today’s training session.
Barbados’ number one road tennis player Mark Griffith (left) and Peter Moore giving some tips during today’s training session.

Speaking to coaches from St Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Antigua, Cuba and Jamaica at the launch of the three-day workshop, Lashley revealed it was the first such event to be held in the region.

It is being held under the theme Road Tennis: Taking as Bajan Game Global.

“I want the Bajan aspect to be seen as a Caribbean aspect. Yes it was born and conceptualized in Barbados, but I think we have to be proud that this game is a game, which has been created and nurtured in the Caribbean.

“We are at the point where we are poised to take our Caribbean game to the rest of the world, and that is a fantastic bit of history,” the Minister insisted.

Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley (fifth left) poses with some of the participants of the Road Tennis International Workshop.
Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley (fifth left) poses with some of the participants of the Road Tennis International Workshop.

He explained the workshop, which will be used to teach the basics about road tennis, had come at an ideal time as the island was planning on hosting a World Road Tennis Championships in September 2016.

As part of plans to increase the sport’s popularity throughout the region, Lashley revealed that between February and March 2016, the National Sports Council intended to send teams to those countries represented at the workshop.

Lashley, who has played a leading role in helping to increase the sport’s popularity in recent times, contended that great strides had been made during the past five years.

“Over the past five years we have made tremendous strides in developing road tennis. In fact, we have seen a virtual explosion of the sport throughout Barbados and this is all in part of our strategic vision.

“It has certainly been my vision for road tennis to reinsure that the excitement of playing road tennis is felt right across the length and breadth of Barbados and that we will have tournaments all during the year and I think we are seeing that now,” he said.

Lashley also said he had high hopes of someday seeing road tennis become an Olympic sport.

2 Responses to Barbados host first ever regional road tennis clinic

  1. Twentyone nothing. December 10, 2015 at 12:42 am

    I truly believe that due to the simplicity of the sport, minimum space requirement and the extremely low cost of equipment, I have no doubt that road tennis could expand beyond the local boundaries of Barbados and the Caribbean.
    Over the past year I have been in discussions with some of my fellow Bajans here in Montreal with plans to start up an Association as a way to expand this sport which is uniquely Bajan.

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  2. Frank Johnson....Mississauga December 11, 2015 at 10:39 am

    To twentyone nothing. I will love to contact you as we have established, although progress is slow, a road tennis association called CRTA,( Canadian Road Tennis Association) here in Toronto/Mississauga We play indoors at least once a week, but find it quite difficult to get the older Bajans, like me, to come out to play and on that note we have already given a demo at a school here in Mississauga. Hope we can make contact so we can kick some Montreal butts at some point of time, ha ha …Frank Johnson

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