Passion grows at ITTF Oceania Para Training Camp in New Zealand
November 21, 2019
Led by New Zealand National Para Coach John Tuki NZ and assisted by Grant Wilson, 16 athletes from all over the continent recently took part in a four-day ITTF Oceania Para training camp in Manurewa, New Zealand. The group was composed of a diverse array of para players, with players from all classes joining the camp. Athletes were shown a range of different techniques, training drills and game strategies during the training camp and were then able to put their skills to practice at the New Zealand Para Championships which immediately followed the camp.
“This was the best training camp that I’ve attended. The knowledge that I’ve received was very valuable and I will share it with my people back in Fiji so we can do a lot better at future tournaments ” – Kope Taberanibou, Fiji’s men’s class 5 champion
With 28 athletes from across Oceania, day 1 of the 2019 New Zealand Para Championships has been action-packed! Tune in to the live stream tomorrow to watch the finals ????????????
With 27 players competing, the two-day competition was action-packed with events in all classes. New Zealand’s James Goulding was in blistering form, winning the Open wheelchair finals against Fiji’s Kope Taberanibou 3-1. In the standing open, Victor Kamizona with a host nation advantage took down Tonga’s Selemaia Loamanu 3-1 to claim the title.
“Through working closely with two major organisations in para-sport, we’re up 300% nationally through Parafed and up 122% in Auckland alone through the support of The Halberg Foundation. This is a huge amount of growth in just one year which would not have been achieved without the support of TTNZ and ITTF Oceania programs that have been rolled out this year.” – John Tuki
ITTF Oceania continues to place a large emphasis on increasing para participation in Oceania as para table tennis continues to grow at an exponential rate with programs and initiatives such as Smash Down Barriers.