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  • 16Oct

    Earlier in the year in June, Brazil’s Lincon Yasuda was present in the Central American country of Guatemala for the Latin American Junior Championships and for the Guatemala Junior Open, the 14th stop on the 2009 ITTF Junior Circuit.

    He was very successful, the Brazilians excelled and returned home with a host of medals.


    Mario Galinda 9far left) of Honduras watches intently as Lincon Yasuda (far right) makes his point  Photo By: Courtesy of Lincon Yasuda


    In October, he returned to Guatemala. Not on this occasion as the advisor sitting courtside guiding the fortunes of teenagers, but as the mentor for an ITTF Level Two Coaches Course.

    He was present in Guatemala City, the country’s capital from Friday 9th to Wednesday 14th October 2009.

    Countries Present
    “Coaches from Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua attended the course, working six hours per day”, explained Lincon Yasuda and you do spell his name Lincon.

    It was a fact I questioned at the World Junior Championships in Cairo in 2006. The English city is spelt “Lincoln” and the surname of the 16th President of the United States of America was spelt “Lincoln”; so surely it is Lincoln!

    Spelling Mistake
    “No!” came the polite reply. “My mother spelt my name wrongly.”

    Actually, it’s not the first time I’ve heard that excuse. Often as a teacher I was given the task of trying to educate those who had the brain of a garden pea.

    One boy was named Alvis, I said I never heard of the name before. He looked me in the eye and replied in a serious voice: “Yes it’s a famous name, sir; I’m named after Alvis Presley!”

    Did Lincon Yasuda’s parents have aspirations of him becoming an American President?

    Knowledgeable Coach
    Well one thing is sure, he’s intelligent and a very knowledgeable table tennis coach.

    “All group were really involved on all subjects, always asking questions and providing comments”, said Lincon Yasuda, who was always pleased to answer and welcomed the opportunity to see the coaches test their abilities.

    Practical Work
    “The course was held at the Guatemala Table Tennis National Centre, so with young players arriving for training there was an opportunity for the coaches to put theory into practice”, he continued. “The course, most of it practical, prompted many questions and made the week very productive; in all cases it changed the views held.”

    New ideas and knew information absorbed, it was another step forward for Central America and another step forward for Latin America.

    Source: ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 8:53 am

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