In NSW Parliament yesterday David Coleman, Federal Member for Banks, reported on his attendance at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Australian Junior Table Tennis Championships on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
He said that he had the pleasure opening the 2014 Australian Junior Table Tennis Championships in Hurstville NSW where 180 of the best young players in the nation travelled from all over Australia to compete. He congratulated all volunteers concerned at the St George & Sutherland Shire Association for bringing together this great, national event.
49 boys and girls teams nationally competed for their respective states in:
Under 18, Under 15 and Under 13 age teams and in the Individual Singles, Doubles and Mixed events.
NSW was represented by 57 city and country competitors and several local area players competed using their remarkable skills on the court.
Sutherland Shire locals included brothers (Matthew and Jayden Leung) and Celina Un from Padstow. Celina’s doubles partner, Lucy Koh comes from Peakhurst, Roy Lin from Narwee, Alex Yeung from Penshurst, Jayden Lam from Kingsgrove and Ethan Chow is from Carton.
Table Tennis is one of Australia’s fastest growing sports, helped by the large population of Australian children with Asian and Indian heritages. It is well known as being the world’s most played sport (nearly everyone has a hit in the garage or school-ground at some stage in their lives.
Table tennis is by far the most popular racquet sport in the world and ranked second overall in terms of formal competition matches. Over 300 million players compete in sanctioned tournaments each year and many times more “garage ping pong players” have fun playing this safe sport.
Source: Nelson & MacNee (1996). The Olympics Factbook: A spectator's guide to the summer games (p.505). Washington, DC: Visible Ink Press
1st row: Jayden Leung (Bronze U13 Boys Doubles), Roy Lin
2nd row: Lucy Koh (Gold U13 Girls Doubles, Silver U13 girls team, Silver U13 Girls Singles), Celina Un (Gold U13 Girls Doubles, Silver U13 Girls team, Silver), Alex Yeung (Gold U13 Boys team)
3rd row: Ethan Chow, Matthew Leung, Jayden Lam (Gold U15 boys team)
Table Tennis Benefits
Table tennis is known as a sport that is safer than most other sports, and may be enjoyed by individuals of any age and is also played by millions of disabled persons and the elderly.
Playing table tennis has been likened to “high speed chess” and is a fantastic way to stimulate the brain and improve hand-eye coordination. Table tennis is a low-injury risk sport that keeps one fit and flexible, without putting severe stress on joints.
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