April 15, 2014

OceaniaHopesThe 2014 ITTF-Oceania Hopes Challenge was the second time in which this event took place, focusing on athletes aged 11 and 12 years of age.

The event expanded to have four countries represented, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Tuvalu and the hosts Australia. It’s very positive to see the Pacific Islands taking advantage of these opportunities provided through the ITTF Education & Training Program that allow for good progress at a young age, which is vital for success in table tennis.

A total of 28 participants undertook a three-day training camp led by Mark Smythe and David Powell, which also included the assistance of William Henzell for one day. For the young athletes, having these role models as the coaches provided great inspiration, and provided good training.

The competition side of the event went over two days, and saw Nathan Xu of New Zealand victorious in the Boy’s Singles event, and Parleen Kaur of Australia take out the Girl’s Singles event. In the Pacific Hopes Singles it was Eti Sialee of Tuvalu and Ngametua Tarinsa of Cook Islands successful.

Full Results

Boy’s Results

Girl’s Results