February 1, 2018

Course participants enjoying some time behind the table and away from the books. (Photo: Christina Chee)

Australia staged its first ever ITTF PTT Level 1 Coaching Course this month, as ITTF Expert Christina Chee successfully carried out the course at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre from the 17th-21st January.

Participants consisted of eleven coaches from Australia and one coach making the journey from Tahiti to attend the educational training.

Positive productive discussions and practical demonstrations in each session kept the participants engaged during the entire course. The Para Table Tennis component in particular was invaluable, allowing the participants to learn about the basic fundamentals of how to coach para beginners by experiencing the challenges first hand, with all competing in a wheelchair and crutches.

“I hope all coaches will promote and will be more confidence to coach para athletes via ‘Smash Down Barriers’ program,  funded by the Australian Government and implemented by ITTF-Oceania, in conjunction with Table Tennis Australia, to use table tennis as a tool to improve the lives of people with disabilities.”  Rowan Fajerman, ITTF-Oceania Participation Officer.

The group successfully completed their practical presentation, and now require 30 hours of recorded coaching to be accredited as an ITTF PTT Level One Coach.

Following the course, nine of the twelve coaches took the opportunity to attend the first day of the ITTF-Oceania Elevate training camp on 22 January, where they were able to complete five hours of supervised coaching towards their certification. The coaches enjoyed spending quality time with all players in their group, and campers also had time to interact with the coaches and learn to execute drills at a higher level.

ITTF Course Conductor Training was also held from 23rd-24th January. The two days encompassed four comprehensive sessions of theory, presentation on technical knowledge, practical presentation skills training, and a written examination.  All the five members fulfilled and passed all the requirements of the training, allowing them now to present ITTF-PTT Level 1 courses.

 “This course was a big step for ITTF-Oceania in regards to the strengthening of the continental structure, besides coaches having national coaching accreditation knowledge, now with added values from ITTF CAS, coaches can also promote and brought our sport to a better and higher level nationally and continental wholly.” Patrick Wuertz, ITTF-Oceania High Performance Officer

Adapted from Christina Chee’s course report.