Table tennis junior, Gianna Lewis, thankful for Pocket Rocket Foundation scholarship

By November 29, 2019
Lewis (third from right) stands next to her benefactor Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce during a group photo that included the other scholarship beneficiaries of the Pocket Rocket Foundation. Lewis (third from right) stands next to her benefactor Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce during a group photo that included the other scholarship beneficiaries of the Pocket Rocket Foundation.

National junior table tennis representative Gianna Lewis believes being the recipient of a scholarship from Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s Pocket Rocket Foundation demonstrates that there are opportunities for athletes who are not involved in track and field.

Lewis was one of nine new recipients of scholarships from the Pocket Rocket Foundation that were presented with cheques at the Wolmer's Girls boardroom on Thursday.

Lewis, a 14-year-old, third-form student at Wolmer’s Girls, has been representing Jamaica at table tennis since 2016 when she and her sister Tsenaye, played in Caribbean Regional Table Tennis Federation Tournaments in Jamaica, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

She and her sister also helped Jamaica qualify to play at the ITTF World Cadet Tournament held in Medellin, Colombia in July.

Gianna also won the women's open competition at the Kingston and St Andrew Table Tennis Association's (KSATTA) annual Women's Cup.

She also took first place in under- 15 and second place in the under-18 categories.

She was a member of Jamaica’s silver medal-winning that at the Caribbean Regional Table Tennis Federation Junior Cadet Tournament in the Dominican Republic.

“I appreciate that this award is not only for track and field athletes but it also recognizes the smaller sports in Jamaica. The fact that a table tennis player was chosen as a recipient shows people that there are many other opportunities in other sports,” she said.

“With this scholarship, I will continue to excel in both sports and in academics.”

Each recipient will receive J$50,000 while sixth-form awardees (Grade 12) will receive J$60,000 per year for the duration of the high-school education.

There are 18 Jamaican high school student-athletes who are on scholarship courtesy of the Pocket Rocket Foundation.

 

 

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