Stephen McDonald Wade
Malabar RC School
Holy Cross College, Trinidad and Tobago
1st , Men’s singles, Caribbean and Latin America Veterans’ Championship, Guatemala, August
4th, Men’s singles, National Championships, Jean Pierre Complex, Port – of – Spain, Trinidad, July
3rd, Men’s team, Central America and Caribbean (CAC) Games, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, June/July
8th, Men’s singles, Caribbean Championships, Barbados, July
Participated in World Championship, North Korea, March
8th, Men’s team, Table Tennis Championship, Scotland, March
2nd, Men’s team (with Mansingh Amarsingh, Lionel Darceuil, Derek De Silva), Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, Medellin, Colombia, July
10th , Men’s team, Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship, Gurney Island, March/April
Participated in World Championship, Birmingham, England, March
1st , Men’s singles finals, National Championships, Holiday Inn, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, July
1st , Men’s singles final, Central American International, Venezuela, July
22nd, Men’s team, Latin American, African and Asian Games, China, August/September
1st, Men’s doubles finals (with Lionel Darceuil), Caribbean Championships, Guyana, August
1st , Men’s singles finals, National Championships, Public Services Association Grounds, Long Circular Road, St. James, Trinidad and Tobago, July
2nd, Men’s team, Caribbean Championships, Jamaica, July/August
2nd, Men’s team, Caribbean Championships, Barbados, July/August
1st, Men’s Singles finals, Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (TTEC) Open, TTEC Sports Club, Arima, Trinidad and Tobago, July
Ranked number 3 in the Caribbean, 1969
Coach of the Trinidad and Tobago table tennis team (Dexter St.Louis, Wayne Estwick, Courtney Pugh, Nigel Christopher) to Central America and Caribbean (CAC) games, Havana, Cuba, August
Captain/Coach Trinidad and Tobago table tennis team (Dexter St.Louis, Nigel Christopher, Mansingh Amarsingh) to Central America and Caribbean (CAC) games, Dominican Republic, June/July
Appointed national coach, 2003-2007
Coach of Queen’s Royal College (QRC), 2004 – present (2014)
Certified table tennis coach awarded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Guatemala
Stephen Wade won the Central America International Competition in Venezuela, 1973
Coach of the Bazillion Street Youth Facility
Stephen Wade is a two – time table tennis national champion. He won the title in 1972 and 1976 confirming his talent and ability in table tennis.
It all started at age 15 for Wade when he passed the community centre in Arima on his way home from school. He often witnessed Cecil Walker and Neville Chance exhibiting their skills on his journey home. It impressed Wade to the point where it marked the start of his table tennis journey.
His first taste of success was in 1968 when he defeated Franklin Rouse in the men’s singles finals in the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (TTEC) Open at the TTEC Sports Club, Arima, Trinidad and Tobago. Wade had comprehensively announced his arrival to the national tennis scene.
Wade has won several titles over his playing career and one that stands out is the men’s doubles victory in the Caribbean Championships in Guyana, in 1973. His partner on that occasion was Lionel Darceuil. In 1975 Wade had even more to cheer about when he was victorious at the Central American International in Venezuela. Up to this day Wade still gets “goose bumps” reminiscing and speaking about the event.
But Wade like any other sportsman, has had his share of disappointments. He remembers in 1973, during the Latin America, African and Asian Games in China, the Trinidad and Tobago team was ahead of Cuba 4-1 and shockingly, the Cubans recovered and beat Trinidad and Tobago, 5- 4.
Wade’s love of tennis is multi-faceted and his versatility came to the fore when he was selected to be the national coach for the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in 1982 in Cuba. The team under his guidance consisted of Seamus Clarke, Wayne Estwick, Nigel Christopher and Courtney Pugh.
At age 69, Wade has an abiding relationship with table tennis. He has been the coach of Queen’s Royal College from 2004 to the present (2014). He has travelled the world over, to places like China, North Korea and Scotland, just to name a few. Looking back at his career, Wade can only be satisfied with what he has achieved. He is a certified table tennis coach having obtained his Certificate in Guatemala through the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2006.
With personnel like Stephen Wade, who has clearly illustrated he has table tennis in his DNA, the national table tennis fraternity is surely in good hands and one can feel a sense of confidence in a bright future for this sport.
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