The Bayelsa State Para Table Tennis Association is optimistic that the state's para contingents will represent the state well at the ongoing 2nd edition of the Para Games in Abuja.
Amaebi Ebikpolade, the Chairman of the Bayelsa State Table Tennis Association, attributes the recent successes of the Table Association to the dedication of individuals who have a genuine passion for the game.
"I believe the recent achievements of the Association are due to passion. When someone who loves a particular sport is given the opportunity to lead, success will follow."
"With that being said, the last time we participated in the Para Games Table Tennis, we came out with the highest number of gold medals, so we are hoping to better that record. The athletes are ready and motivated to go."
"Special thanks to our leader, Governor Douye Diri, and his deputy, as well as the Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Sports, and the Director of Sports, for providing the necessary motivation and attention to the physically challenged. Indeed, there is ability in disability."
Also speaking, the Secretary of the Bayelsa Para Table Tennis Association, Stella James, expresses hopes of a good outing in Abuja.
"For the 2023 Para Games, I'm optimistic. I believe in my athletes, and by God's grace, victory is sure."
The captain of Team Para Table Tennis, Godspower Moses, aka "Leave Am For Me," hints at the contingent's desire to make the state proud.
"In this 2nd edition, we want to make our miracle Governor proud; we want to make the state proud, so we are going for gold."
A bronze medalist in the first edition, Anabel Theophilus, boasts of a better performance compared to the last edition.
"I am confident that we will win gold medals for Bayelsa. The last time, I won bronze, and I believe this time I'm coming out with gold."