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9th Annual Pelorus Trust Stadium Sports Festival

Calm before the storm
A few weeks ago, on Tuesday the 6th of March, 600 year five and six primary school students from the Wellington region attended the 9th Annual Pelorus Trust Stadium Sports Festival at Westpac Stadium. Thanks to coach Stephen Hirst and helpers (Rob Chung is in a picture below) table tennis was be one of the 18 sports involved.

Organised by Sport Wellington, the annual Pelorus Trust Stadium Sports Festival aims to expose primary school children to a variety of different sports. This year 54 schools applied to attend the event, of which only 20 spots were available. Given the delicate weather requirements of table tennis, outdoors was ruled out but thanks to Jamie Milne at Sport Wellington a place for table tennis was found within the concourse area (along with a couple of other similarly weather-sensitive sports).

While no doubt Stephen & co were run ragged by the end of the day, he reported the day as a great success and well worth the effort. They were able to distribute hundreds of leaflets listing the Wellington junior clubs to students and teachers and interest was high.

Coolmoves, the pros.
One of the main hurdles was how to get tables from the Newtown stadium out to the Westpac stadium and back. Especially given that the Donic tables we have there need to be transported upright and in one piece. We owe many thanks to Coolmoves who were able to very professionally move eight tables to and from the Westpac stadium! Without Coolmoves we could not have been there.

The age range here parallels the primary/intermediate & junior club coaching program that Table Tennis Wellington has also been running with thanks to Pub Charity support. Stephen Hirst is also the coach for this program and has been able to reach many schools and junior clubs in the Wellington area. Programs like this and the stadium event help build the grass-roots base and feed into the junior clubs.

Table Tennis, everyone's favourite!

Bats down, ready for the next group.

Wellington Junior Development Tournament – Sept 2011

A second Wellington Junior Development tournament was held on Sunday Sept 11, 2011 at Empire Stadium.

Another successful tournament where Wellington’s developing players were on display.  This included many players from the successful Silver and Bronze level coaching groups. Thank-yous to The Southern Trust for helping support the Silver group and to Pelorus Trust for helping support the Bronze group.

Thanks to all the juniors who played  in the tournament, all in very good spirit.  It was also great to see all the girls who entered – well done for playing, girls! 

In a first ever for a Wellington tournament, we had a brother sister sibling final.  The Under 17 Mixed Singles final was contested between Ellen Xiong and brother, Adam.  And it was the younger sibling Adam who prevailed in the final.  Well done to both Xiongs for contesting a brother vs. sister final! 

Thanks to Bruce Northover and Paul Escott for running the tournament, with great assistance from Alan Costley. 

The winners and runners-up’s of the tournament were:

Event: Winner: Runner-up:
Under 12 Mixed Singles Hui-Ling Vong Chris Linton
Under 12 Plate Singles Tauariki Matthews Liam Buckrell
Under 12 2nd Plate Singles Josh McPhee Taine Eade
Under 12 Doubles Liam Buckrell/Mason Tangatatai Chris Linton/Chris Pearson
Under 14 Mixed Singles Adam Xiong Yao(Frank) Fu
Under 14 Plate Singles Henry Stoupe Chris Pearson
Under 14 2nd Plate Singles Tauariki Matthews Max Turner
Under 14 Boys Doubles Ben Westenra/Yao (Frank) Fu Adam Xiong/Kieran Mouton
Under 17 Mixed Singles Adam Xiong Ellen Xiong
Under 17 Plate Singles Chun-Kiet Vong Henry Stoupe
Under 17 Boys Doubles Adam Xiong/Kieran Mouton Ben Westenra/Chun-Kiet Vong
Under 17 Girls Singles Angela Chapman Abbey L’Estrange
Under 17 Girls Doubles Angela Chapman/Ellen Xiong Angelica Aberia/Abbey L’Estrange

There is video footage from the tournament uploaded onto Youtube (edited and uploaded by Win Nguyen).  There are presently 4 videos, with another one or to two video parts to come.  Check these out (along with heaps of other t.t. videos) at:

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.

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