WHEELCHAIR TABLE TENNIS PROGRAM
The Bundaberg & District Table Tennis Association Inc has received a State Government Get Going Clubs grant to conduct a free 13 week training program and social competition for wheelchair players. Players would not have to have played Table Tennis previously. It is expected that the program would commence after Easter.
Wheelchair Table Tennis is a Paralympic sport, with athletes classified in five different divisions depending on their mobility. As well as the Paralympics every four years, there are many other events held annually in Australia and around the world. Table Tennis Australia also receives substantial funding to conduct its Para TT programs.
The Bundaberg Table Tennis Centre is suitable for wheelchair players, being at ground level for easy access, has a disability bathroom, and tables specifically designed for wheelchair play. Dave Delpratt, the club’s Development Officer, has had many years of experience working with Para TT / Special Olympics athletes, including several wheelchair players. The Association has conducted a specific training session for Para TT / Special Olympics for many years, with quite a few players going on to represent Queensland and several for Australia.
Other club coaches will also be available to assist in this program.
If you know of anyone who may be interested in participating in our program, please ask them to contact Dave Delpratt at the Table Tennis Centre at Kendalls Rd, next to the new Showgrounds, by phone on 07 4155 2388 / 0418 526 968, or by email via firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Come & Try night
5 & 6 February
Pre-Winter Season starts
A VERY AWARDING FEW WEEKS
Following on from the club’s Annual Presentation Night, various members have attended award functions or have been named as award winners for 2018.
On Wednesday 28 November, club President Phil Freeman and Dave Delpratt, along with TTQ President, Trevor Barrett, attended the annual QSports Awards at the Brisbane Convention Centre. TTQ had nominated Phil for the Volunteer of the Year award and Dave for Official of the Year. While neither of them won in what were undoubtedly very strong fields of contenders, it was a very enjoyable event, so many thanks to TTQ for the nominations and the opportunity for them to attend.
Table Tennis Queensland recently published their Player of the Year awards. Ashley Parrott has been named the Male Athlete with a Disability winner, and Bernadette Mitchell the Female Veteran winner. Former Bundaberg player, Hayden Green was awarded the Male Junior award. These awards will be presented to the winners at an appropriate occasion early next year.
During the World Junior Championships in Bendigo, Table Tennis Australia announced the winners of its inaugural Volunteer awards. Trevor Barrett was one of three to receive 25 Year of Service Awards, Townsville’s President, Brendan Gaeta, was the joint winner of the Administrator of the Year Award (mainly for his efforts in organising the highly successful Australian Junior Championships), while Dave Delpratt was named Official of the Year. Much to his surprise, considering the outstanding contributions to Table Tennis by all the other award winners, Dave was also named as the overall Volunteer of the Year.
2018 McDONALDS PRIMARY SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Thirty-three teams from four schools (approximately 125 players) competed in this year’s tournament on Friday 23 November, considerably lower than the numbers for previous few years but this was due to several schools having other commitments on the day.
Nevertheless, it was again a very successful event with the major winners being:
Year 6 Boys Division 1: East State School – Kane Chantarat, Josh Anderson, Noah Hensel, Tristen Ryan (all club members)
Year 6 Girls Division 1: Woongarra State School –Rosalie Lunnon, Poppy Loeskow, Bianca Lawman
Year 4 & 5 Boys Division 1: Bundaberg Christian College – Kody Owttrim, Jack Cooper, Ari Maatta (all club members)
Year 4 & 5 Girls Division 1: Woongarra State School – Hannah Cavanagh, Taya Hartfiel, Lilly Devine, Isabelle Hahn
Many thanks to all club members who volunteered their time to work as umpires/table managers, and/or in the canteen throughout the day.
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
POSITION POST HOLDER
Patron Pauline Langford
President Phil Freeman
Vice President Steve Ricketts
Secretary Rhonda Dawson
Treasurer Cathy RiversCommittee Members Nikki Udal; Louise Lawsen;Deleece McDonald; Tom McDonald
Grading Committee Steve Ricketts; Dave Delpratt;Nikki Udal
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.