Livingstone International University (LIU) held it’s first official table tennis competition organized by Mr. Chad Allen, the DVC Finance and Development of the university.
It was Saturday, 9 November, 2013 at around 9:00 am, when all the competitors met down in the Cafeteria to start the games. The games where already planned out by Mr. Chad, so everyone knew who their opponents were.
There were 18 players in total. Some students came to watch and support their friends playing. The atmosphere was lively, people were shouting, the competition was about to get feisty.
The first game started at around 9:30. The competition was nonstop action of game after game without pause till the very end.
Refreshments were provided to strengthen players when they were through with a game.
After a long fight, two people managed to make it to the final—Mr. Ian Shelburne (who was visiting from USA) and Eric Uwineza (a first year student).
The final was so intriguing, with almost all the students supporting their colleague Eric, which encouraged him to strike time and time again. He played very well and eventually won the competition.
After the game, we had a group picture taken, and we all left happily in peace.
Eric says he was so confident of himself. He had practiced almost every day and deep down he knew he was able to win.
A gift of 50,000/= was rewarded to the winner to encourage him, which was handed to him by Mr. Chad on the following Wednesday during chapel.
Mr. Chad later promised to organize a table tennis competition at least once every semester, so practice, practice, practice! You could be the next lucky winner!
Article by Christian Mukanya BSCM III