Bundaberg & District Table Tennis Association Inc.

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16, 17 & 18 August, 2019

The Bundaberg Closed has been one of our major annual events for almost the entire fifty year history of the club. This competition allows players to compete against others of their own age and/or level of play, and possibly against some they rarely, if ever, play against. Entries close on Thursday 15 August.

There are several changes to this year’s tournament – the Junior grades will be played on the Friday afternoon and evening, and a Wheelchair Singles event has been added (only for players who must use a wheelchair).

A barbecue will be held on the Saturday night, although other food will be available at the canteen throughout the tournament.

Members of the public are most welcome to attend, and they will see some great matches being played during the championships.

Click on the following links to download an entry form and timetable for this event, and also the Grading lists for all players who are currently eligible to enter.

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 1pm to 3pm. 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 Queensland, with two having also represented Australia 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.

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
Accredited coaches
Table Tennis is one of the most popular sports at the Paralympic Games,
and can be played by all ages all year,
Further enquiries – Dave Delpratt (Bundaberg Table Tennis)
Phone 4155 2388 / 0418 526 968        

An application form is available by clicking either link below:

Junior coaching is well under way. This is especially important for the Thursday Para TT / Special Olympics, as the Special Olympics (Bundaberg) is being held on October 5.

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.


The following Membership Fees are now due and should be paid as soon as possible.

       Adults                                $90.00
       Adult Concession (Pensioner/Student)  $80.00
       Adult Social                          $40.00
       Junior                                $40.00
16-18 August
Bundaberg Closed Championships
20/21 August
Start of
Winter season finals
10/11 September
Winter season finals
17 September
Secondary School finals
5 October
Special Olympics (Bundaberg)
2019-20 Committee

Patron                Pauline Langford
President             Phil Freeman
Vice President        Nikki Udal
Secretary             Rhonda Dawson
Treasurer             Cathy Rivers
Committee 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.
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