August 26, 2014
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Table tennis enthusiasts convene for camp

More than 40 children convened at the Fiji Sports Council National Table Tennis Centre in Suva this week for a week-long training on the basics of the sport.

Organised by the Fiji Tennis Association, the players between the ages of eight and 18 train under the guidance of aspiring coaches who will also be using the week-long event for hands on training which is a requirement for a Level 1 ITTF Coaching certification.

The real test for the children comes Thursday when they will be competing against each other in a Rising Star competition which involves beginners and others who do not have international experience.

The camp culminates with competition for everyone on Friday and Saturday.

Fiji Table Tennis official Anthony Ho expressed his delight at the turnout from both new players and aspiring coaches.

"I'm very happy because at time we are promoting the sport and encouraging others to take it up hence increasing our player base."

The training camp started yesterday. And out of the 20 aspiring coaches, 13 are eligible to attain their Level 1 certificates upon completing the hours. Seven are in line to get club and school level  coaching certification.

One of the unused blocks at the Laucala Bay Secondary School has been converted to house the table tennis centre.


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