Four time defending champion first to enter K-Sports 2013 ITTF-Oceania Cup
Photo courtesy of ITTF.
The K-Sports 2013 ITTF-Oceania Cup to be held in Bendigo, Australia from 30 June - 2 July has received it's first entry, with four time defending champion, William Henzell of Australia looking to make it five titles in a row.
Henzell will be looking to add towards his trophy collection and gain direct qualification to the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Cup later this year. "I'm aiming to take my 5th straight title, but the field is more even this year so it will be tough." said Henzell, who is coming off good form in 2012 where he claimed his 10th Australian National Singles Title, as well as placing 17th at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Growing up in the Adelaide Hills, the 31 year old began playing table tennis at the age of six, and it wasn't long until he started to represent the state of South Australia at the Australian National Junior Championships.
Following a successful campaign at the 1996 Australian Junior Championships, where Henzell became the Under 14 Boy's Australia Champion, he moved full-time to Sweden to further his skills at the sport he loved "I liked the difficulty and complexity of the game. There are so many different skills necessary to becoming a good player."
Henzell, known to his friends as 'the Wookie' spent the next 12 years of life playing table tennis professionally in Europe. Through the experiences gained playing professionally in Europe it wasn't long before he was being rewarded back on Australian soil becoming the Australian Champion in 2001, and leading the Australian team at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.
The Athens 2004 Olympic Games saw him become the first Australian to win both singles and doubles matches at the same Olympic Games.However, it was at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games where he produced his best result claiming the silver medal in the Men's Singles event, in front of a crowd of local supporters.
In 2010 Henzell founded the online table tennis coaching website - ttedge.com; "the website has helped over 6,000 players from around the world to further develop their skills."
For more information, please contact ITTF-Oceania's Development Officer Michael Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the K-Sports 2013 ITTF-Oceania Cup
The ITTF-Oceania Cup is the premier Table Tennis event on the ITTF-Oceania calendar.The event sees a total prize pool of over AU$20,000, with the Men's and Women's Champion gaining entry into their respective World Cup.
The K-Sports 2013 ITTF-Oceania Cup will be staged at the Bendigo Stadium from 30 June – 2 July. Tickets are on sale now through the Bendigo Visitors Centre.
STARTS 2013 ITTF Women's World Cup - Kobe, Japan | 21 - 23 Setpember 2013
LIEBHERR 2013 ITTF Men's World Cup - Verviers, Belgium | 25 - 27 October 2013
Find out more about the K-Sports 2013 ITTF-Oceania Cup at ITTFOceania.com/ittfoceaniacup.
About ITTF-Oceania (Oceania Table Tennis Federation)
The ITTF-Oceania (Oceania Table Tennis Federation) is responsible for the sport of table tennis within the Oceania Region - Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Ocean. ITTF-Oceania has 24 affiliated National Associations.
Find out more about the ITTF-Oceania (Oceania Table Tennis Federation) at ITTFOceania.com.
About International Table Tennis Federation
The International Table Tennis Federation is responsible for the global sport of table tennis and has 218 affiliated National Associations. Table Tennis is an Olympic Sport, introduced at the 1988 Seoul Olympics Games. Table Tennis is also a Paralympic Sport.
Find out more about the International Table Tennis Federation at ITTF.com.