Bundaberg & District Table Tennis Association Inc.

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FREE 13 WEEK
WHEELCHAIR TABLE TENNIS
 COACHING 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 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,
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

Bundaberg Christian College won the majority of major titles at the 2019 Bundaberg Schools Table Tennis Teams Championships which were held on Saturday 25 May. As one of eight qualification tournaments for the Queensland Schools Championships, the winners and the runners-up in each age division are now eligible to compete at the State Finals in Brisbane on Friday 28 June.

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 Brisbane.

Bundaberg State High claimed the Junior Boys title, with Queensland Junior representatives Kye Meuli and Kane Chantarat defeating Shalom College 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 Brisbane finals.

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. Woongarra State School 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.

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

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.

       Adults                                $90.00
       Adult Concession (Pensioner/Student)  $80.00
       Adult Social                          $40.00
       Junior                                $40.00
2018 AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
UPCOMING
DATES
19 July
Start of
Term 3 Junior Season
31 July
Start of
Secondary Schools Winter Season
2 August
Start of
Primary Schools
Term 3 Season
16-18 August
Bundaberg Closed Championships
2019-20 Committee

POSITION          POST HOLDER
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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