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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Table-Tennis

National Training Camps started the 2017 season, with Tauranga’s Max Henderson and Marielle Dulangon, Matamata’s Abbey Daisley and Ngarangi Mason from Murupara selected in National Cadets (Under-15) squads.

Rotorua’s Jessica Macaskill is National Girls Co-Coach, and is currently with New Zealand’s Oceania Hopes (Under 12) team in Tweed Heads.

At the National Cadet Trials in Hamilton, held in January, Max and Marielle both sneaked into third place, and Abbey placed fifth. Sulav Karmacharya and Clay Straker from Papamoa competed well in the National Hopes event.

Following strong performances in Hamilton, Max was selected for his New Zealand representative debut at the Oceania Junior Championships in Suva in April. His preparation is assisted by the recent arrival of 2014 Commonwealth Games representative and Level One Coach Shane Laugesen.

Max is joined in Fiji by National Para Coach John Tuki and Welcome Bay’s experienced Class 8 champion Victor Kamizona. Victor’s canny style is enhanced further by a new rubber that bamboozles strong opponents. He is aiming for a medal at the Oceania Para Champs and a chance to play at the Gold Coast Commonwealths Para event in 2018.

Several Tauranga Veterans are training in preparation for April’s World Masters Games in Auckland, with most likely to play the social grade. We also expect numerous Bay entries to the TTNZ Country Clubs tournament in Taupo on May 27, with the hosts being inaugural champions in 2016.

Table Tennis Tauranga has extended Friday Memorial Hall bookings to offer more table tennis options to the community. Senior day club starts 1pm, while junior club and coaching sessions run from 3.30pm to 7pm, prior to club night, which runs until 9pm.

This caters for both beginner and intermediate level coaching, and will be popular preparation for AIMS Games and BOP Secondary Schools events. Several Parafed BOP and Special Olympics ‘Have a Go’ days will be run prior to Senior Club. Elsewhere, SportBOP Kiwisport will be delivered into prioritised schools.

Tauranga is fortunate to have several experienced coaches available, with Jessica Macaskill, Shane Laugesen and Paul Henderson running the Friday sessions, John Tuki promoting disability table tennis and Kadia Keller-Rice supporting schools.

Memorial Hall also has a Wednesday daytime session from 12.45pm to 3pm and a club night from 7pm to 9pm. Papamoa Club restarts 7pm, Thursday 4 May at Papamoa College Gym and Rotorua and Taupo clubs resume shortly.

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