Australian dynamic duo to lead Men's Squad, Henzell and Powell return to Bendigo
William Henzel of Australial will be back in Bendigo, seeking to win his sixth straight ITTF-Oceania Cup title. Photo courtesy of Warren Woolcock.
Australia's most coveted table tennis player has been confirmed for the K-Sports 2014 ITTF-Oceania Cup & Championships to be held on 16 - 21 April 2014 in Bendigo, Australia. William Henzell, a ten time national champion, has been entered as part of the Australian Men's Squad for the upcoming event.
Henzell, a triple Olympian and Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist, has placed the event high on his priority list for this years competitions. "The ITTF has put the effort in to provide a $5,000 prize purse for the winner, so the ITTF-Oceania Cup is right near the top of the players' priority list for the season" remarked the 33 year old.
Not only will the event be good preparation for the Commonwealth Games, but also, 'The Wookie', as he his known to his friends, is the defending champion. "Taking out the title in Bendigo would make it 6 titles in a row and give me the perfect springboard to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later in the year" smiled Henzell.
The biggest challenger to the Australian table tennis legend's dominance is coming from teammate David Powell, who has followed in the footsteps of Henzell, and has spent a significant amount of time in Europe honing his skills in recent years.
Commenting on playing professionally in in Rzeszów, Poland, Powell stated: "The sacrifice of packing up and leaving to train full time is a necessary one to make significant improvements in your game, which has been a proven method time and time again" commented David about his time spent in Europe.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Powell became the first Australian to qualify for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, when he placed first and beat Henzell at the Australian qualification event, held on the Gold Coast in February.
Powell, who turns 23 next week, recalled that "qualifying for the Australian team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games has no doubt been a highlight, but I'm already looking towards putting my best foot forward in Glasgow, and doing whatever I can to give myself the best chance to bring home medals."
Competing against the regions best is the first step towards bringing home medals from the Commonwealth Games, and with Australia's current number 1 and 2 men in the squad, the team is already putting their best foot forward in Bendigo.
For more information, please contact ITTF-Oceania's Development Officer Michael Brown at email@example.com.
About the K-Sports 2014 ITTF-Oceania Cup & Championships
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 ITTF-Oceania Championships is the longest standing event in the Oceania Table Tennis Federation, and sees the member associations of the region battling it out for the title of Teams, Singles, and Doubles champion. The 2014 ITTF-Oceania Championships also include the U21 ITTF-Oceania Championships. The event has attracted entries from 12 countries, and over 80 athletes.
The K-Sports 2014 ITTF-Oceania Cup & Championships will be staged at the Bendigo Stadium from 16 - 21 April. Tickets are on sale now through the Bendigo Visitors Centre.
Find out more about the K-Sports 2014 ITTF-Oceania Cup & Championships at ITTFOceania.com/cup
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.