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US Paralympic 2016 Coach of the Year: Gary Fraiman
Gary Fraiman - Paralympic Coach of the Year
Congratulations to our STTC Coach! Gary is very dedicated to the growth and development of the Para program and the athletes he personally coaches. Gary is very accommodating and finds interesting techniques to improve our game in spite of the disabilities we have.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be selected as the 2016 Paralympic Coach of the Year. I find it very rewarding to be coaching Para players at this point in my coaching career and I look forward to doing so for many years to come. --Gary Fraiman
Junior Merit Awards: Nicholas and Jenson
Nicholas Merit Award Jenson Merit Award
Congratulations to Nicholas and Jenson, two proud recipients of the STTC Junior Merit Awards for 2016! These star juniors met all the qualifications and were each awarded $250.
Working with The Arc
The Arc Participants The Arc Participants
John Reynolds, ITTF Coach, and Eddie Curren, STTC Programs Director, take time to work with The Arc disabled participants. John and Eddie volunteer to work with the Long Center and The Arc Tampa Bay every other Tuesday morning. The Arc players practice hitting balls on the STTC Newgy ball robot.
Sherlyn Receives STTC Junior Merit Award
Sherlyn Merit Award
Congratulations to Sherlyn Barie-Perez, our first Junior member to receive the STTC Junior Merit Award! As part of her qualifications, she wrote the following essay on Sportsmanship:

"As some may define sportsmanship as being fair and showing respect for your opponent I think it means much more than that. Good sportsmanship comes from players who are determined to give it a 100 percent all the time, that means playing clean and handling both victory and defeat with grace, style and dignity.

"Some poeple define good sportsmanship as the "golden rule" of sports - in other words, treating the people you play with and against as you would like to be treated yourself. You demonstrate good sportsmanship when you show respect for yourself, your teammates, and your opponents, for the coaches on both sides, and for the referees and judges. Sportsmanship isn't just reserved for the people on the field, it is not only a style but an attitude and it can have a positive influence around you.

"You have probably seen athletes take their own successes too seriously, they celebrate a goal with constanly bragging about their abilities. This is the exact opposite of what sportsmanship is about. This kind of behavioor might make you feel tough or intimidating to an opponent but keep in mind it can also cause you to lose the match. Everyone feels great when they win but it can be just as hard to be a good sport when you have won a game as when you have lost one. Good sportsmanship takes matuity and courage, when you work really hard at a sport its not easy to admit that someone has more skills than you. In competition as in life you may not always win but you can learn something from losing, too."
Team Competition
A well fought battle on 9/10/2016 between TEAM STTC and TEAM LAND-O-LAKES. 18 players from each team were divided into three groups of 12 players each, STTC Group One out-pointed the LOL players but STTC Groups Two and Three fell a little short, giving the overall points and victory to a scrappy LOL group of players.

On the whole, all had a great time, great play and not to forget , get snacks provided by Newton and Don. It was a super day of table tennis. After the tournament many LOL players stayed around for additional play.

We hope to do it again soon at the Land O Lakes club.

-John, Tournaments Officer

Team Competition Sept 2016 Team Competition Sept 2016
Jenson Heads to Europe : June 2016

Jenson Van Emburgh, a 16 year old and a member of the United States 2016 Para Junior National Team will be competing in two ITTF professional table tennis tournaments during the month of June. Jenson will be competing in the Para Spanish Open in El Prat de Llobregat, Spain and the Junior Romanian Open in Clui Napoca, Romania.

Jenson is a wheelchair player with a class 3 disability classification and has competed in many national and international tournaments with many successes. He is partially sponsorship by the Butterfly Table Tennis Company.

Although Jenson is confined to a wheelchair he is a very strong competitor and plays very well even against non-wheel chair players. His quiet manner conceals his strong determination to win. His playing style of steady pushing and blocking defense with opportunistic offense using both forehand and backhand counters wins him matches against many good players.

Jenson is an active member of the Sunrise Table Tennis Club and trains regularly under the coaching guidance of international and national certified coach Gary Fraiman.

The Sunrise Table Tennis Club is very proud to have Jenson as a member and we wish him great success and good luck in the two upcoming ITTF tournaments.

Go Jenson Go!!!

ITTF Certified Coaches

Congratulations to John Reynolds, Gary Fraiman and Phil Gehres for attaining ITTF Level 1 Coaching Certification. They attended the Coaching Certification Seminar in Destin, Florida. The picture below, from left to right: John, Roger Dickson (instructor), Gary, Phil.

Certified Coaches

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Destination: Destin

2015 Florida State Senior Games

Day Two of the Florida State Senior Games Table Tennis Championship Tournament. Some heated matches taking place at the Long Center on December 8th, 2015. New tables, nets and barriers that spanned all three courts created a professional atmosphere that was appreciated by players and tournament directors alike.

Senior Games 2015

Winners from the STTC:
First Place Wins Second Place Wins Third Place Wins Fourth Place Wins
James Wang:
Men's 70-74
Jose Borges:
Men's 75-79
Yujun Li:
Women's 55-59
Yanju Hu:
Women�s 55-59
Don Tran:
Men's 70-74
Carolyn Adams:
Women's 70-74
Nancy Calderone:
Women's 70-74 (Intl)
James Wang
Simon Chang:
Men's 70-74
Don Tran
Alfred Palumbo:
Men's 70-74
Ralph Gragg
Bill Wolf:
Men's 75-79
Edward Curran
John Reynolds:
Men's 65-69
Jose Borges
Bruce Holck:
Men's 75-79
Samuel Chau
Conrad Zorn:
Men's 80-84
Yanju Hu
Yujun Li:
Women's 55-59
Nancy Calderon
Carolyn Adams:
Women's 70-74
Mixed Doubles
Yanju Hu
Simon Chang:
Carolyn Adams
John Reynolds:
Ava Chau
Samuel Chau:
Don Tran
Newton Tran:
Sari Kisbany
Alfred Palumbo:
Leurene Hildenbrand
Richard Moreau:
Margo Lindsay
Conrad Zorn:
Top Para-Player Jenson

Jenson Van Emburgh
Born: Naples, Florida, 5/28/2000
Hometown: Middleton, Wisconsin
Current Residence: Belleair Beach, Florida
Facebook Fan Page: Jenson Van Emburgh Athlete
Height: 5'4" Weight: 125
High School: Seminole High
Coaches: Currently Gary Fraiman; Formerly Latso Sranko

Career Highlights

     Three Best Titles:
  • Silver Medalist in Teams (w/Matt McManus) at Mike Dempsey Memorial
  • 2015 Bronze Medalist in Singles at Romania Open
  • 2015 Gold Medalist in Teams (w/Jesse Cejudo) Romania Open 2015
Personal Highlight: Being Chosen to the US Junior Para National Table Tennis Team for three straight years.

Olympic Experience: None currently, however was chosen as a wildcard to represent the USA at the Para Pan American Games in Toronto in 2015 which was the greatest honor and highlight for me to this point in my life.

Fun Facts: I love to fish and spend time with my family, especially my brother Jake, when he isn't training or playing tennis tournaments, and I am a huge Rafael Nadal Fan.

Read his interview on the USATT website: CLICK HERE

Sunshine State Games
STTC made an awesome showing at the Sunshine State Games. There were a record number of entries in most events so the competition was tough. Some of these players are getting good. They are going to be harder to beat next year. It was a fun weekend!
Sunshine Games
Winners of the Under 2300:
Felipe Ruiz:Silver | Sherlyn Barvie-Perez:Gold | Eric Deiker:Bronze

Tournament Results:
Gold Silver Bronze
  Kit Jeerapaet  
UNDER 2300
Sherlyn Barvie-Perez Felipe Ruiz Eric Deiker
UNDER 2200
Sherlyn Barvie-Perez    
UNDER 2100
    Sherlyn Barvie-Perez
UNDER 2000
  Sherlyn Barvie-Perez
UNDER 1575
  John Reynolds
Florida Closed Winners - Sherlyn Barvie Perez and Kit Jeerapaet

Sunrise Table Tennis Club winners at the Florida State Closed Table Tennis Tournament in Orlando on November 15th, 2014.

11-year-old Sherlyn Barvie Perez (second from left) took 1st place in the Elite Class by beating six other players. One match was against A.J .Scarp, the #1 seated player in her group, rated at,over 2000, Sherlyn won 14:12 in the 5th game.It showed her fighting spirit and willingness to win.This is a great achievement for this young player.

Kit Jeerapaet (left) won the Championship class.He proved to be the best player in the state.

Sherlyn at Florida Closed
Kit at Florida Closed
Junior Champion
Sherlyn Barvie Perez

Sherlyn Barvie Perez, born in 2003 near Havana, Cuba, began playing table tennis when she was seven and won her first tournament at the age of eight years old. Her table tennis awards include:

  • 1st Place in 8- 9 years old event, Bejucal Provincial Competition of Table Tennis - March 2012
  • 1st Place in Under 9 years old event, Barbados Martires Cup � May 2012
  • 1st Place in Under 9 years old event, Mayabeque Municipality National School Games - August 2012
  • Bejucal Provincial Best Athlete of 2012 � Awarded February 2013
  • Most Outstanding Athlete in Under 11, 13, & 15 years old event, Barbados Martires Cup � February 2013
  • 1st Place in Under 11 years old event - Barbados Martires Cup � February 2013
  • 1st Place in Under 11 years old event, Bejucal Western Zone Table Tennis Cup - May 2013
Sherlyn Barvie Perez at Lakeland

Sherlyn left Cuba for Tampa with her family to pursue better training conditions and a better opportunity for advancement in the sport of Table Tennis. Sherlyn and her family have expressed their gratitude for the warm welcome and encouragement they have received from the members of the Sunrise Table Tennis Club. Gary Fraiman, coach for the Sunrise Table Tennis Club and their Junior Program, has happily taken her under his wing. She currently has a USATT rating of 1805 and recently placed first in the Master Division of the Clearwater Winter Heat Open Tournament. Coach Gary is convinced her rating will advance with every tournament she enters in the foreseeable future. Sherlyn plans to play in the Lakeland Orange Blossom Series and to travel to the U.S. Open this July in Michigan. Coach Gary is currently searching for a sponsor to help with expenses toward the goal of training and preparing this gifted, enthusiastic athlete to join the U.S. Junior Team. If you are interested in being a Sponsor, please Contact Gary Fraiman at 410-812-7410, or

Sherlyn's Latest Wins

11-year-old Sherlyn Barvie Perez won second place in the Elite class at the MID-FLORIDA table Tennis Tour ' July Classic, 2014 in Lakeland, FL. Michal Krecek won 4 th place. Both are players from Sunrise table tennis club in Clearwater , Fl students of coach Gary Fraiman.

Congratulation to 11 years old Sherlyn Barvie Perez for reaching semifinals in the women evet at the Miami tournament. I the picture with tournament director, Carl Ziggler. Sherlyn also beat higher ranking playes like like Toni Berkuti (2029) and Leroy Thompson (2009).

Sherlyn also won gold medal U2100 event at 2014 Florida Sunshine State Games in Lakeland ,FL ON JUNE 21 ,2014

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2017 Scheduled Tournaments
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September 9th
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October 14th
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