FREE 13 WEEK
WHEELCHAIR TABLE TENNISCOACHING PROGRAM
Our Association has received funding through the Queensland Government’s Get Going Clubs program to conduct a free introductory 13 week Wheelchair Table Tennis coaching program.
This program commenced in the first week of June, and runs Tuesdays from With a break of one week in July, the program will be scheduled to finish in the first week of September.
Wheelchair Table Tennis is a Paralympics event, along with Standing events, for players with physical disabilities and/or intellectual impairment. Bundaberg has had a number of players in the latter two categories who have represented
, with two having also represented Queensland a number of times in a variety of different events for players with intellectual impairment. The Club also had an extremely good wheelchair player many years ago who was unlucky not to qualify for the Paralympics. Australia
The program will be for any interested players, regardless of age, playing experience, or ability. However, they would need to have access to manual wheelchairs as electric chairs would be too heavy for the floor at the Bundaberg Table Tennis Centre. Also, electric chairs would be likely to restrict the player’s movement too much. The Association has two tables specifically designed for use with wheelchairs.
The Table Tennis Centre is at ground level, so access from the car park is comparatively easy. The playing courts are slightly raised but there is a ramp that the players can use. The Centre has a disabled bathroom easily accessed from the courts.
The program will be conducted by Dave Delpratt with the assistance of other qualified coaches. Dave has worked with all the players mentioned above as well as many others, including some in wheelchairs, who have attended the Centre with various local community groups in recent years.
While the program is not designed to recruit new members to our Association, any who are interested in continuing to play would be most welcome. A weekly session is held on Thursday afternoons for players with a variety of disabilities in conjunction with Bundaberg Special Olympics.
The program has started and four players, Nikki Gourley, Jan Beckmann, Bill Fuller, and Noel Cuskelly, are enjoying the opportunity to learn the game or improve their table tennis skills. However, they would love to see more wheelchair players come to the club to take advantage of this chance to play a great sport that is truly open to all people!
Starts first week in June
Finishes first week in September
Two hours per session once a week
No previous playing experience required
All Table Tennis equipment provided
Table Tennis is one of the most popular sports at the Paralympic Games,
and can be played by all ages all year,
SO GIVE IT A GO!!
Further enquiries – Dave Delpratt (Bundaberg Table Tennis)
Phone 4155 2388 / 0418 526 968
An application form is available by clicking either link below:
2019 Bundaberg Schools
Table Tennis Teams Championships
In the Open Division, the BCC Boys team of Andrew and Matthew Udal were relatively untroubled in winning, dropping only one individual match throughout their competition. Kepnock State High’s Kaine Ryan and Emison Gilvray came second, downing Bundaberg State High 3-2 by snatching the deciding doubles 12/10, 12/10 after being behind in both games. The Bundaberg Christian College Girls team (Jemimah Lawsen and Natasha Jefferson), as the only one in the competition, came second overall in the Open Division and automatically qualified for
Bundaberg State High claimed the Junior Boys title, with Queensland Junior representatives Kye Meuli and Kane Chantarat defeating
3-2 in another final that went to the doubles for a decision. Both had lost to fellow Queensland Junior, Braydon Chapman, in their singles, but the Bundy High duo were too experienced for Liam Bury in their singles and then dominated in the doubles. In the semi-finals, the BSHS team defeated St Lukes 3-1, Kye losing to Kane’s Under 13 Queensland team mate, Vinuka De Silva, while the Shalom Boys survived 3-2 in a determined effort by the Shalom Girls (Tahia Zia and Amelia), another team comprising two Queensland Junior team members. Their team, again the sole girls team in the competition, will also be eligible for the Shalom College finals. Brisbane
Kody Owttrim and Jack Cooper combined to win the Hopes (Under 12) Boys competition, not dropping a single individual match throughout the group and knockout stages. In the final, they defeated Bundaberg State High (Josh Anderson and Jack Sydes) 3-0 although quite a few of the games were very close.
took out the Girls competition, with Isabelle Hahn and Ava Mullaney recording hard-fought wins over their school’s other team and BCC’s Emily Owttrim and Cayla Dern, who came second. Woongarra State School
In the Junior Boys Division, Bundaberg High’s Lleyton Peterson and Noah Till won Division Two. In the Hopes Boys, BCC’s Traves Jordan-Richards and Daniel Basson edged out school mates Sean Galletly and William Bagnall in the Division Two final. The school also won the Division Three, with Ricky Morey and Ayden Betts having narrow wins over Woongarra Boys and the second-placed BCC team of Mackenzie Tailford and Billy Meehan.
Junior coaching has again started. It is important that this coaching is well under way, especially for Juniors and the Thursday Para TT / Special Olympics, as both groups have competitions fairly early in the new year.
Friday night Junior coaching is from 7.00 – 9.00 p.m.
If you know anyone who wants to come along to Junior coaching on Fridays, please tell them to contact Dave Delpratt on 4155 2388.
2019 MEMBERSHIP FEES
The following Membership Fees are now due and should be paid as soon as possible.
Adult Concession (Pensioner/Student) $80.00
Adult Social $40.00
2018 AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Term 3 Junior Season
Secondary Schools Winter Season
Term 3 Season
Bundaberg Closed Championships
POSITION POST HOLDER
Patron Pauline Langford
President Phil Freeman
Vice President Nikki Udal
Secretary Rhonda Dawson
Treasurer Cathy RiversCommittee Members Peter Marris; Rod Stehbens;Michele Brockhurst; Hannah Sunley
Grading Committee Steve Ricketts; Dave Delpratt;Nikki Udal; Rod Stehbens
Development Officer Dave Delpratt
Publicity / Records Dave Delpratt
All members are welcome to attend and speak at our monthly Committee meetings.
Meetings are normally held on the 2nd Monday of the month, starting 7.30 p.m.