Table Tennis Wellington



ITTF Level 1 Coaches Course 2010

TTNZ will be running an ITTF Level 1 Coaching course later in the year. Anyone interested please email secretary [AT] !

Venue yet to be determined, it is possible that funding may partially cover any travel costs.  It would start on a Thursday night and continue until Sunday (it is a 24 hour in total course).

A Level 2 course is planned for 2011.

Ref: ITTF Coach Accreditation for more details.

2010 Cathay Pacific NZL Junior Open

…results are all posted on, in particular the draws including Wellington players (search for “(W)”) – many players making it out the the group stages:

U18 Boys‘ – congratulations Thom Nguyen winner!!!

U15 Boys’ and Girls’

U13 Boys’ and Girls’


U18 Boys’,  U15 Boys’,  U15 Girls’,  U13 Boys’.

Junior’s preparing for 2010 NZL Junior Championships

The 2010 New Zealand Junior National Championship are being hosted by Auckland from July 7th – July 11th.  The following teams have been selected to represent Wellington at the Championships:

Under 18 Boys Team

Thom Nyugen, Delano Lam, Jeffrey Chin

Under 18 Girls Draft Player

Lisa Yue

Under 15 Boys Team

Connal Warrender, Matthew Sheppard, Caleb Magan

Under 15 Girls Team

Maddy Nash, Ellen Xiong, Angela Chapmen

Under 13 Boys Team ‘A’

George Stoupe, Sean Hanson, Adam Xiong

Under 13 Boys Team ‘B’

David Van Drimmelen, Ben Westenra, Mats Olsthoorn

Parafed have-a-go day


19 people attended the Have-a-go day held on June 20th at the Empire Table Tennis stadium. The event was organised by Parafed Wellington sports co-ordinator Michelle Laurenson.  TTW  was represented at the event with Secretary Stephen Hope setting  up and TTW Chairman Bruce Northover assisting throughout the day.

TTW coach Andrew Hubbard commented ‘ there were 7 disabled athletes, wheelchair athlete 11 year old Catherine Pot showed a lot of potential and is keen to continue.  Working with Parafed Wellington we plan to follow up on this day with regular coaching sessions for a number of wheelchair athletes who we hope may go on to represent Wellington at the NZL Parafed Championships being held in North Harbour 22-25 October.”

A special thanks to Empire Table Tennis Club  Building Convenor John Kane who spent many long hours making the bathroom facilities at Empire wheelchair compliant for this event.

Wellington High School Table Tennis Club a Big Hit



 Under the direction of Wellington High School Head of Sport Mrs Di Jordan, Wellington High have been the first school in the Wellington region to benefit from the sponsorship arrangement TTW have entered into with one of New Zealand’s leading providers of sports equipment Rebel Sport. Following a very well attended demonstration to promote the term three Wellington zone interschools competition Mrs Jordan was the driving force to get a school  table tennis club up and running. Three new Double Fish Deluxe roll away tables were purchased to complement the existing school tables as well as nets, bats and balls and going by the turnouts at the club so far more tables will be required.  TTW coach Andrew Hubbard commented ‘ It’s great to see so many students enjoying table tennis, today there were around 60 students playing, many  new to the sport and I am hopeful that we’ll see a good number of these students taking part in the Interschools comp which will commence on Tuesday 10 August at the TTW Newtown stadium.”

Wellesley School Demonstation

Wellesley School were the Wellington region Intermediate boys champions in 2009 and won the central zone inter primary schools competition earlier this year. Obviously this is not a co-incidence. Organised by Mr Darren Houston and Mr Murray Blanford the school are currently half way through a knock out competition. There are a 128 players taking part. Regular practise sessions take part on the schools three tables.  Organised by Mr Darren Houston on Friday 21 May, TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard and former Chinese provincial player Catherine Zhou carried out a demonstration at the school. Plans to return to provide coaching sessions were made and certainly Wellesley will be a school to watch out for again at this years championship .

North Island Teams Championships

These championships are being held on June 5-6 at North Harbour Stadium.

Entries close May 27.

Norths Teams Entry Info,

Based on preliminary expected entries supplied by association officials, it looks like there wil be 32 teams entered for the North Island teams event at Queens Birthday.

Some categories will be combined, and the aim is to have each team play 7 contests over the weekend.

The preliminary timetable is

Saturday sessions: 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm finishing at 5pm

Sunday sessions: 9am, 11am, 1pm finishing at 3pm.

It is expected that all teams will play in every session, as the organisers are trying to have no byes.

Entries close next week, so there is room for changes to teams, and there are some teams who have asked for draft players, so organisers will accommodate those requests.

Chilton St James Demonstation

Thursday 20th saw TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard together with Catherine Zhou carry out a demonstration at Chilton St James school.  A large number of interested students and teachers gathered in the school gym to watch the demonstration.  Andrew commented ” My thanks to Head of Sport Ann Fowler for organising this visit. The demonstration went particularly well,  the students were very keen and interested to learn more about table tennis. Nearly all of the students came up to have a go at returning Catherine’s high toss serve  which they all really enjoyed”.  The demonstration ended with a number of students registering to play in the new College Sport Wellington weekly schools competition which will be starting on Wednesday 2 June  at the Empire Table Tennis Stadium.

Evans Bay Intermediate Benefit from TTW Schools Program

Beginning this Wednesday 19th May a group of 40 keen students from Evans bay Intermediate will take part in  a seven week table tennis skills program.  The program has been co-ordinated by Evans Bay School Teachers Mrs Mary Sagato and Mrs Gina Newman. TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard commented ” I’m very grateful to Mrs Mary Sagato and Mrs Gina Newman for organising this program and look forward to working with them to grow table tennis in the future.”

Hutt Intermediate Girls Squad Training

On Wednesday 19th May TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard began a seven week program at Hutt Intermediate school working with a group of keen girls.  Andrew commented”  Given the difficulties we have experienced getting more girls into regular training I’m especially delighted to be working with this group of girls, I’d like to thank both Mrs Paula Willis-Love and Mrs Catherine Sawyer for their support and organisation of this initiative.”

Gracefield Primary School – A great age to start playing table tennis.


Many Wellington Table Tennis players will remember the name Simon Edmonds, the former nationally ranked player and winner of numerous NZL titles while representing Hutt Valley is now the Principal of Gracefield School.  TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard has been carrying out coaching visits to Gracefield school on Friday mornings. The program will run for seven consecutive weeks with five classes each day learning the basics of table tennis and being encouraged to go the next step and join a club.

How to achieve victories in modern table tennis

At a recent European coaching conference held in Zagreb, Croatia, LI Xiaodong who is a highly profiled expert and coach from China made a presentation to 60 participants from the  23 European Associations who took part took. LI Xiaodong is the coach of former 3 times World Champion Wang Liqin and many, many other World and Olympic Champions. To enjoy the full story please go the following webpage:

To download the full presentation please click on2_LI XIAODONG_Victories_Modern_TT

Reading 4 to 5 times may assist to absorb this fasinating insight into Chinese table tennis.

TTW, COLLEGE SPORT WELLINGTON and KIWISPORT combine to grow table tennis in Wellington region High schools

As part of the KiwiSport initiatives, Table Tennis Wellington , as part of a project have been granted some funding support to promote/grow/introduce Table Tennis into Secondary Schools of the region.

Table Tennis Wellington believe the huge interest shown in the yearly one off College Championships is an indicator that a weekly competition for High School students has the potential to develop into a competition attracting hundreds of participants.

Table Tennis Wellington coach Andrew Hubbard has been charged with driving this programme which will be piloted this term in Hutt Valley Schools and expanding to Wellington & possibly Western Bays Schools in term 3.

Essentially there are 3 programme components: School Demonstrations, Coaching for students provided at the competition venues and schools and competition commencing Wednesday 26 May [4.00-6.00] at the Empire table tennis Club and running for 6 consecutive week. This promo, coaching , competition program format will be replicated in Wellington in Term 3 based at the Wellington Table Tennis Stadium commencing 10 August – 14 September.

Waterloo Junior Club visit

The Waterloo Junior Club is based out of the Waterloo School Hall in Waterloo. The junior club night is every friday from 7.00-9.30pm. On Friday May 7  TTW coach Andrew Hubbard made a visit to the club. Waterloo club coach Alan Costley commented that the club has been running well with full attendances. He is being assisted in the running of the club by Brian Pearson and Premier player Steve Chapmen.  Andrew commented on the improvement seen in many promising young players including Sean Hanson, Rueben Reid and Jessica Pearson. Andrew also took note of the  talented ‘Chapmen’ sisters Samantha and Angela.

Karori Table Tennis Club – Training in the VIP room

On Monday 10 May TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard carried out a coaching visit to the Karori Club. The Karori club operate out of the Karori Recreational Center, which is just behind the Karori library. Junior and Senior Club run on Monday nights and  are combined with the junior club running from 7.00-8.15pm, with a light supper  afterwards. Seniors start at 8.15pm and go until 10.00pm sharp with the center closing then.

Club Stalwart Jack Ho commented that the club has been running well with good numbers of both juniors and seniors attending the club. He’s excited by some of the young talent coming through at the club including Owen Su, Ben Westenra and David Van Drimmelin.

Andrew carried out two hours of multi-ball training with a number of enthusiastic club members on the new donic tables in the VIP room. Want to know more, get along to one of the Karori clubnights to find out.

Wairarapa Visit – Red Star Veteran club active and encouraging youth.

At the invitation of the Red Star Veteran Table Tennis Club TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard made a visit to the club which is situated in Masterton to carry out a day long coaching clinic. Des Orange who is the current Secretary and Treasurer organised the visit and explained “The club currently operates on a Tuesday morning from 9-12 and we normally get 20-25 people, on Thursday we have a club night from 5-7 and get 10-15 players along. It’s normally veterans who are encouraging younger players to come along. We play an annual fixture against Tawa and Kapiti Coast and try to support the Wellington vets tournaments.”

When asked for sometime positive that was happening and a negative Des replied ” Something positive is that the players that we do have are really keen and theres a great club spirit. Many of them travel quite a way to get home every week. Our main problem is trying to get people interested in admin roles.”

TTW Coach Andrew Hubbard commented that he enjoyed the visit,  saw a lot of improvement, needed to ‘slow’ a few players down during the ‘crossover’ footwork drills and is looking forward to a return visit.

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