August 16, 2018

Course participants putting theory in to practice. (Photo: courtesy of Grant Wilson)

by Grant Wilson, Course Conductor 

Situated in the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch, the garden city of the south and principle city in Canterbury was the venue for the five day ITTF-PTT Level One Coaches Course.

The course was held over two consecutive long weekends 3-5 August and the 11-12 of August so as to facilitate the needs of juniors and seniors availability. The venue was the Table Tennis Canterbury stadium with 18 tables available for play, with  Grant Wilson from Christchurch the course conductor on duty.

A total of eight students completed the course and are now working on completing their 30 hours of practical coaching in order to receive their award. Three of these students are all ranked inside the top thirty players in New Zealand and three of the juniors are current New Zealand junior representatives.

“One of the highlights of the course was the presence of Para player John Marrable, a former New Zealand champion, who helped deliver the Para sessions”, explained Grant Wilson. “His first-hand experience and excellent presentations were very appreciated by all concerned.”

All the students are already actively involved in Table Tennis Canterbury’s coaching programs for players of all levels including novice beginner groups to the Canterbury squad training for the National championships in October.

Hongyi Li, course participant and the forth ranked player in New Zealand said “as a coach you need to know how to coach strategies and explain techniques clearly and simply to all levels of players”.

“Not all top players make the transition from top player to coach, but the participants on this course have shown the motivation and desire to make this happen”, said Grant Wilson.

Canterbury now has a larger coaching base to help accelerate its already strong culture of pathways and coaching programs to help get players into Table Tennis New Zealand’s regional and national squads and ultimately national teams.

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