Ta­ble Ten­nis on the map

Suid-Kaap FORUM - - Voorblad -

The tou­r­na­ment was at­ten­ded by the be­st ta­ble ten­nis play­ers from all cor­ners of the pro­vin­ce, in­clu­ding the Ci­ty of Ca­pe To­wn, Garden Route (E­den), West Co­ast and the Ca­pe Wi­ne­lands.

RI­VERS­DA­LE Hes­se­qua Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty part­ne­red with the lo­cal ta­ble ten­nis club as well as the We­stern Ca­pe Ta­ble Ten­nis Fe­de­ra­ti­on to host the first e­ver We­stern Ca­pe In­ter-Re­gi­o­nal Tou­r­na­ment in Ri­vers­da­le on F­ri­day and Sa­tur­day, 14 and 15 Sep­tem­ber. T­his was both a first for the pro­vin­ce as well as for the to­wn. At the o­pe­ning of the e­vent, S­pea­ker Andrew S­troe­bel ex­plai­ned the Hes­se­qua Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty's deep com­mit­ment to sports de­ve­lop­ment as a me­ans to pro­vi­de youth with al­ter­na­ti­ve de­ve­lop­ment and op­por­tu­ni­ties. The tou­r­na­ment was at­ten­ded by the be­st ta­ble ten­nis play­ers from all cor­ners of the pro­vin­ce, in­clu­ding the Ci­ty of Ca­pe To­wn, Garden Route (E­den), West Co­ast and the Ca­pe Wi­ne­lands. The cur­rent South A­fri­can u.15 cham­pi­on from Ca­pe To­wn le­ad his te­am to a gold me­dal in the boy's secti­on. Ca­pe To­wn ju­ni­or te­ams do­mi­na­ted the e­vent and took all the gold me­dals, the West Co­ast- and Garden Route te­ams put up a good fig­ht and both ma­na­ged to win four sil­ver and four gold me­dals e­ach. In the u.18 and se­ni­or e­vents, Ca­pe Wi­ne­lands ca­me in strong with three sil­ver and one bron­ze me­dal. The strong Garden Route men's te­am on­ly ma­na­ge bron­ze, af­ter win­ning the e­vent y­e­ar. A pro­vin­ci­al ta­ble ten­nis coor­di­na­ting struc­tu­re was e­lected and laun­ched, that will in fu­tu­re o­ver­see ta­ble ten­nis in the pro­vin­ce. The We­stern Ca­pe Ta­ble Ten­nis Fe­de­ra­ti­on will sup­port all forms of the ga­me. T­hey in­vi­te all schools, clubs and ot­her sta­ke­hol­ders that are in­te­rested to join hands with them in ma­na­ging the We­stern Ca­pe which is the top ta­ble ten­nis playing pro­vin­ce in South A­fri­ca. The or­ga­ni­sers ga­ve a he­art­felt ap­pre­ci­a­ti­on for the vi­si­on by Hes­se­qua Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty's le­a­ders­hip to spon­sor and sup­port t­his e­vent and brin­ging a top class ta­ble ten­nis e­vent to Ri­vers­da­le. For mo­re in­for­ma­ti­on con­tact the chai­r­per­son of the Ri­vers­da­le Ta­ble Ten­nis Club, Ro­nell Fie­lies at 065 376 9694.

Dil­lan van Rooy­en ser­ves whi­le his te­am­ma­te Tau­ri­que K­han get re­a­dy to de­fend their si­de. P­ho­to: San-Ma­rié Cron­jé

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