Hello all, this is the 100th post to the Table Tennis Wellington blog! We had a big contribution from Andrew Hubbard with some great schools reports and photos to get the ball rolling early. Since then we’ve had a couple of other contributors but usually it is just general news or material anyone sends me and I’ll put it up with minor edits. It works better though if many people contribute either sending to me or creating a wordpress login and posting direct (see here). Anything TT and Wgtn related belongs here so feel free to contribute. My favourites are player profiles that Malcolm has done so let’s see some more of these, including from the junior ranks so get writing!
Full tournament results were published here. Malcolm won the Over 50 Men’s Singles, and the Over 40 and Over 50 Men’s Doubles. This takes his Nelson titles to 18 and he has 68 in total! Malcolm reports that the tournament was well run due to the efficient organisation of Paul Op de Buysch, Donny Harris, Chris Hood and Debbie Stratford. Also his thanks to Karen Holmes and her team (Noelene Wells, Kay Hazeldine, and Dianne Watson) for running the cafeteria (presumably Malcolm has fond memories of the cafeteria!).
From Canterbury Table Tennis Association:
This is a reminder that the Canterbury Open is on Saturday and Sunday, the 9th and 10th of July 2011. The number of entries last year was a record and the standard of players and competition was fantastic. This year the Men’s finalists will share $1,000 and the Women’s finalists will share $500 prize money. Please visit our website for nearby accommodation options and the Entry Form and Info.
Entries Close Thursday 30 June 2011.
The Table Tennis stadium, surrounding suburbs (Riccarton Mall, local motels etc), Airport and generally our whole side of town have been largely unaffected by the earthquakes and aftershocks. If you fly in, drive to the TT stadium, stay anywhere nearby, visit the Mall etc you will not even know we have had earthquakes (If you especially visit the CDB or drive to the other side of town (eastern suburbs) you will then see the impact of the earthquake on old buildings, and liquefaction damage to roads and properties). The media only highlight the sad and sensationalist effects. Life after the quakes was quickly back to normal for most of us in Christchurch.
Please contact the stadium (03) 341 5561 if you have any queries.
[ed note: I had problems accessing their site with Google Chrome, it is fine in IE]
See here: Junior Development Entry July 2011. Age groups are Under 12, Under 14, and Under 17. (You can enter up to two consecutive age groups.) Entries close Thursday July 7.
All-comers welcome though past winners should note that previous singles winners are not be eligible for the same age group that they were successful in.
Stephen has coaching accreditations and experience in England, Germany and New Zealand at beginner level through to International level.
Stephen is available for:
From just $30/hour
Ref attached: Stephen Hirst Coach (pdf)
Tournament Correspondence to Paul Solt (tournament [at] ttwellington.org.nz).
Entries due June 28.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:
Canterbury Open (July 9/10) click here.
North Harbour Open: click here (Sunday July 24).
Palmerston North (Himatangi Transport Veterans 12th Graded Open Doubles) Sunday Aug 6: Vets Graded Doubles 2011
And Junior Interclub: 2011 Winter Junior Interclub 0608, welcome to the junior players:
David van Drimmelen
Chun Kiet Von
Here: 2011 Winter Interclub 0601.
Action shot of the week (thanks Reg Fuez):