PRESS RELEASE: GOLD COAST TO HOST OCEANIA TABLE TENNIS ELITE

The City of Gold Coast is set to welcome the region’s best table tennis athletes when it hosts the ITTF-Oceania Senior Championships from the 15th-19th March, 2018.

The continental championships will see players competing for AU$20,000 in prize money in Singles, Doubles and Team Events during the five-day event.

“The ITTF-Oceania Senior Championships are one of our premier events and the winning teams will represent the region in the biennial World Team Cup.” – Christian HOLTZ (ITTF-Oceania Executive Officer)

The tournament will be the perfect warmup event for Oceania athletes as the Gold Coast ramps up its preparations for 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Two days of competition will be held at Oxenford Studios, the venue for table tennis events during GC2018. Local athletes will look to capitalise on the opportunity.

“Next year, thanks to the support provided by the City of Gold Coast, ITTF-Oceania will offer a training camp following the Oceania Championships to help prepare the athletes competing in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.” Christian HOLTZ (ITTF- Oceania Executive Officer)

The remaining three days of competition will be held at the Gold Coast Table Tennis Association in Molendinar, with television production for the finals.

The Gold Coast is fast becoming the epicentre of table tennis in the Oceania region. This year the city hosted the ITTF Australian Open, which provided the largest prize money purse on the ITTF World Tour, and there are hopes of even bigger events heading in to the City of Gold Coast in the future.

“Our city’s reputation as a sporting events capital is growing rapidly as we continue to host events of this calibre. We look forward to welcoming some of the region’s top table tennis players to our beautiful city and we hope some of them will consider extending their stay to be a part of GC2018.” – Tom TATE (Gold Coast Mayor)

For further information, please contact: Wade TOWNSEND (ITTF-Oceania Communications Officer) wtownsend@ittfoceania.com