Table tennis takes over Wallis and Futuna
Wallis and Futuna hosted ten days of intense table tennis last month as the nation continues to take up the sport at a rapid rate. Alize Belrose, Technical Director of the Tahiti Table Tennis Federation spearheaded the program, which involved a five day ITTF-PTT Level 1 Coaching Course Course from 17-21 July followed by a five day National Hopes Week from 22-26 July.
Table tennis in Wallis and Futuna is a relatively new sport, having only truly taken root just two years ago. But the uptake has been rapid. Just one year ago an ITTF Development Program was run, and now 12 months later Wallis and Futuna are conducting their very own coaching courses and Talent ID activities for the first time.
Alize Belrose, the expert on the ground, saw plenty of potential during the landmark event.
“Young players are motivated, they really want to play, it is really a great activity. The level in Wallis and Futuna is just starting, but they are improving well and I am confident this will help to produce good players later.” Alize Belrose, Course Conductor and TTTF Technical Director
For the local coaches the course and Hopes Week was incredibly motivating.
“This training is really helpful and I noticed that our young players were motivated, this is encouraging for us to keep going this way, so better for us to take advantage of it as it is not every day you have the opportunity to welcome Tahiti’s national technical director.” Lomualita, Local Coach
But the real stars of the occasion were the players. There was a real appetite for table tennis during the Hopes Week. 15 athletes took part; and considering the nation only has a population of 12,000, that is a considerable turnout.
“I am happy to be here because it improves my play style, it is also very motivating to be coached by a table tennis champion.” Mana, Hopes Participant
The future looks bright for Wallis and Futuna.