Lonely trek for Albert
22 July 2002
Adrian Albert from St Lucia had to make the long trip to the Commonwealth Games in Manchester all by himself.
Unfortunately he had to leave two team members and his coach back in the Caribbean due to financial constraints.
Albert, 21, is in daily contact with the three of them to get all the moral support he needs.
“I speak to them everyday. I wish they could be here. We do everything together. The last thing my coach said to me was ‘Play hard, keep focussed and do your best’.”
Neighbouring countries St Vincent & the Grenadines and Barbados have invited him to practice with them so that he won’t miss out on some essential training before the competition starts.
Albert is currently the national champion, despite starting to play table tennis at the relatively late age of 14.
“As I’m the only hopeful, I hope to make it to at least the semi-finals and make people at home proud of me,” he said.
Manchester 2002 tickets are still available