July 1, 2019

ITTF-Oceania with the support of the Sports and Recreation Victoria recently held a number of development activities in Geelong, Werribee and Ballarat in the lead up to the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum Australian Open.

Australian Olympians Heming Hu and Melissa Tapper alongside Irish Commonwealth representative Ashley Robinson successfully held 6 sessions across various schools and table tennis clubs. This program saw over 250 participants who had the opportunity to meet these world-class athletes and hear about their significant experiences, accumulated through years of training and competing as well as participate in table tennis games and activities.

By engaging kids in these fun games and activities, the program aims to generate more interest in table tennis and serves as a great opportunity to promote the sport and capture the public’s interest. These programs also give children the chance to take part in something beneficial to their mental and physical health & wellbeing. “Table tennis is a growing sport and these programs are fundamental in expanding its reach. Growing up I always felt that having role models in sport really motivated me and helped put me on a great path to want to achieve big things. It’s how I was inspired and started to play and hopefully, there will be more and more Australian kids that also choose the path to become table tennis players” says Australian National Champion Heming Hu.

40 junior participants also received free tickets to the upcoming Australian Open, where 193 of the globe’s best athletes will be competing down under for over 330,000USD in prize money.

Special thanks to our athletes, the Victorian Government and the City of Greater Geelong for making this happen.