EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME
T2APAC stars thrill aspiring young paddlers
YOUNG table tennis players from local schools experienced the opportunity of a lifetime when they met, mingled and sparred with some of the world’s best players at a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) event held at The RitzCarlton in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
Star names from the world of table tennis including Paul Drinkhall (World No 39), Cheng IChing (No 5), Matilda Ekholm (No 20) and Georgina Pota (No 31) were on hand to give the event star power when they took part in sparring sessions.
There were also opportunities to take photos with the big names and an autograph session for the aspiring players.
The 25 children, all aged 12, also had a chance to showcase their talent to the four players while also gaining insights into the technical aspects of the game. The children also had a glimpse into the lives of top table tennis stars through a question and answer session.
The day’s event was organised by the world’s richest table tennis league — T2 Asia Pacific Table Tennis (T2APAC) League.
The T2APAC League is scheduled to commence its inaugural season in June and will feature world class names like Timo Boll, Jun Mizutani, Vladimir Samsonov, Feng Tianwei, Drinkhall, Ekholm, Cheng, Pota among others.
The league was making a stopover in Malaysia as part of its pre-tournament promotions and preparations. The players were flown in to engage in a promotional shoot aimed at capturing the essence of the sport and profiling the athletes who have and has not looked back since.
“It is indeed an honour to be selected to attend the most prestigious university in Japan.
“I am really very excited and am looking forward to being among the 300 exponents who will be attending the course,” said Kamini.
“I would like to thank everyone who made it possible for me to attend this course.
“On my return, I will share my knowledge with my juniors and new trainees to upgrade judo in the state,” said an emotional Kamini at a recent media conference. signed up for the inaugural T2APAC League.
The event was organised with the assistance of the Table Tennis Association of Malaysia (TTAM) whose secretary general, Chan Foong Keong was also present.
Speaking on behalf of TTAM, Chan pledged his full support for the organisers to hold similar events or clinics in Malaysia.
“It is not every day that we get high profile players visiting this part of the world to participate in At the media conference, Kamini received a Penang government sponsorship of RM5,000 from State Youth and Sport, Women, Family and Community Development Committee member Teh Lai Heng at the Penang Judo Association (PJA) centre in George Town.
Also present were Penang Sports Council director Frederick Tan Teck An and PJA vice president Magendrarajan Muniandy.
Shamini leaves for Japan today. K. Kandiah a community event like this.
“Thus, when T2APAC first approached us for support in terms of the promotional shoot, I suggested to engage the community via a CSR programme so that we can increase the profile of table tennis in Malaysia.
“We do hope that T2APAC will return to do similar programmes so as to help spread the awareness of table tennis while also inspiring and motivating our younger table tennis enthusiasts locally,” said Chan.
T2APAC chief executive and commissioner, Jeff Chue, promised that the Malaysia stopover will definitely not be their last.
“It is nice to see these young players here today participating in activities alongside some of world’s best table tennis players. This proves that the sport is gaining momentum in Malaysia and we will continue with our efforts to organise such events for the betterment of the sport,” said Chue.
The table tennis stars with the participants, officials and sponsors at the end of the Corporate Social Responsibility event in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
Kamini Sri Segaran (centre) receiving the mock cheque from Teh Lai Heng while officials (from left) Frederick Tan, Johnny Khoo and Magendrarajan Muniandy look on during the ceremony recently.