by Yasser Musa

Taye Parkinson is a player that thinks about what he does on the table. At eleven years old he has become the talk of the Belize table tennis community.


Last year he was named the player of the year. He has won tournaments in every category offered – 12 and under, 15 and under, 18 and under, C division, B division and yes he recently won an A division tournament.

Over the weekend the Central American tournament known as Codicader was hosted in Belize for the first time. And yes Taye Parkinson delivered. First he and his partner Devesh Hukmani defeated the Costa Rican duo Johnny Vasquez and Steven Aguilar in the U- 12 Boys Doubles.

And in a fitting poetic singles final Taye faced the formidable Sebastian Mendoza of Panama. In front of his home crowd Taye displayed a relentless attack game measured with precision serving. The audience erupted in jubilation as Taye delivered the U -12 Boys’ Singles victory for his team and for Belize.

When the match ended his teammates rushed into the play area and hoisted Taye in the air. It was a moment of joy for all, but for the boy who wore orange from St. Joseph Primary School it was oh so sweet!!!