Archived News - 2012
Here's an article on the top ten emerging countries in table tennis. With full-time training centres and junior programs popping up all over the U.S. in the last six years, they are #1 and possibily on the verge of becoming a real power. Canada does make the list at #10.
2012/12/07 Marty Reisman Dead At The Age Of 82
Marty was a 23 time US National and International table tennis champion whose fashion sense, swagger, and playing style made him a star on and off the table. His career spanned decades with Reisman winning a US National Championship as recently as 1997, about 40 years after his first National Championship–a record likely never to be broken. Full story here.
2012/12/02 B.C. Seniors Games - Zone 1
Congratulations to Frank Enns who has been appointed 1st Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee for Zone 1 of the B.C. Seniors Games. (Zone 1 covers Vancouver Island from Chemainus/Saltair and south.) Taking over Frank's duties as the Zone 1 table tennis coordinator is Uschi Leslie, from Victoria. The deadline for Zone 1 applications for participating in the 2013 Kamloops Games (August 20 - 24) is March 31.2013. For more information contact Uschi at: Uschi.Leslie@shaw.ca.
2012/11/25 VITTA League: Season Finale
The final match of the 2012 VITTA League season was completed today with Nanaimo C beating Cowichan 7 - 5 and clinching second spot in the Division 2 race. Final standings and player stats here.
2012/11/19 VITTA League: Victoria B Clinch Title
In the final match of the Division 1 season Victoria B edged out Campbell River by a 7 to 5 margin to win the 2012 VITTA League Championship. Campbell River's Axel Nagorny put in a flawless performance but it wasn't enough to lift his team to victory. Congratulations to Thomas Weimer (Captain), Aengus Fogarty, Allan Eugenio & Sasha Brkic - the Victoria B team. Videos (courtesy Allan Eugenio), up-dated league tables and player stats here.
2012/11/04 When Serving Short Becomes Important
"Serve short and make the first attack” is sound advice and if you watch any matches between top players, this is the main tactic they are trying to execute on most points. However take a step back and look at some matches between lower level players and you see something completely different. There are more long serves than short serves. Read more.
2012/10/23 Planet Ping Pong
Here's a wonderful documentary, produced in 2006 by the BBC, which traces the evolution of the game:
2012/10/19 VITTA League: Nanaimo Attack v's Victoria A
Another close match, with many tightly contested games, saw Nanaimo Attack overcome Victoria A (7 -5) yesterday in a Division 1 match-up that was the season ender for both teams. Nanaimo Attack have moved into second in the league table but await the outcome of the final league match between the two undefeated teams Campbell River and Victoria B to see if they can hold on to that position. Up-dated league tables and player stats here.
2012/10/15 Huntsman World Senior Games
The Island was represented at the Huntsman World Senior Games, that took place in St. George, Utah between October 8th & 11th, by Sue Jiang & Fred Kong (Victoria) and Dick Stone (Duncan). Congratulations to Sue Jiang who won a bronze medal in Women's Singles in her age group. Results here.
2012/10/15 VITTA Island Championships
Congratulations to Ming Fang (Victoria), who overcame 3 match points to beat Allan Eugenio (Victoria) in a thrilling 5-game final to win the Open Singles at the 2012 Vancouver Island Championships played yesterday in Nanaimo. Other winners include Axel Nagorny (Cortes Island) & Thomas Rauber (Campbell River) in the Men's Doubles and Chemainus couple Claudia McLean & Ken Holman in the Mixed Doubles. All results and images (courtesy Dan Ford & Claudia McLean) and videos (courtesy Allan Eugenio) here.
Thanks to Alvin Ng (Vancouver) & Frank Enns (Duncan) who ran the control desk with their usual efficiency and contribute so much each year to the success of this tournament.
2012/10/08 VITTA League: Victoria C Win Season Ender
Victoria C and Victoria D finished their season with a Division 2 match-up played at Henderson Recreation Centre yesterday. Victoria C, led by Petr Havlik, emerged the winner 7-5. Up-dated league tables and player stats here.
2012/09/30 VITTA League: Campbell River Remain Undefeated
Campbell River, led by Axel Nagorny, defeated Nanaimo Attack 7-5 in a Division 1 match-up today. Up-dated league tables and player stats here.
2012/09/29 VITTA League: Victoria C Victorious
Victoria C recorded a one-sided victory over Cowichan in a Division 2 match-up in Duncan today. Both teams are tied for third place in the League standings with one match remaining for each. Up-dated league tables and player stats here.
2012/09/23 VITTA League: Nanaimo C Win But Lose Title Race
Nanaimo C managed a 7-5 win over Victoria D in a Division 2 match today. The result, however, fell short of what was needed to give them a chance of catching the leaders in the race for the division title. Victoria Penholders have completed their schedule and can not now be caught. Up-dated league tables and player stats here.
2012/09/17 Local Media Coverage (2)
The Oak Bay News ran a story highlighting the B.C. Seniors Games medal haul by Betty & Gerry Emery (and others) from the Monterey Centre. We encourage submission of table tennis news to local media in an effort to raise awareness of (and participation in) our sport.
2012/09/16 VITTA League: Campbell River Edge Nanaimo B
Host team Campbell River remain undefeated by edging defending champions Nanaimo B, 7-5, in the first ever Division 1 league match held outside Victoria or Nanaimo. Up-dated league tables and player stats here.
Here's the GQ article "Paddled", a hilarious article about a U.S. "basement" table tennis player who thought he was good, went to China and joined in a training program - and discovered "real" table tennis.
2012/09/08 Rule Changes Rumor
It has been reported on a German TT web site that ITTF president Adham Sharara has said a 42mm ball is being tested. If he is re-elected he will consider introducing these balls and raise the height of the net. Reason given; to readdress the balance between attacker and defender.
2012/09/07 Extended Playing Times At Cedar Hill, Victoria
Saanich have extended the playing times at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. An extra day has been added on Mondays (7:30 pm to 9:30 pm). This is available to all players, the normal drop-in fee applies.
Also added, exclusively for 60+ seniors, is Thursday afternoons (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm). This is generously offered free!
With 9 new tables, excellent floor and lights, Cedar Hill Recreation Centre is probably the best place to play table tennis in Victoria. Other venues listed on our Where To Play page.
2012/09/03 North American Championships
Canadian Pierre-Luc Theriault and Lily Zhang (USA) were hailed as the champions in the recently concluded ITTF North American Championships held in Cary, North Carolina. Theriault successfully defending the Men's title, while Lily Zhang took advantage of the absence of the defending champion, from Canada, Zhang Mo and clinched the Women's title. Canadian James Pintea won the Junior Boys' Singles event, while Canadian Shirley Fu narrowly lost to Lily Zhang in the Junior Girls' final. Full report here.
2012/09/01 Local Media Coverage
The Cowichan Valley Citizen yesterday reported on the BC Seniors Games medals won by Chemainus residents Claudia McLean and Ken Holman. Complete article here. The Cowichan News Leader ran the same story (with on-line image) here. We encourage submission of table tennis news to local media in an effort to raise awareness of (and participation in) our sport.
2012/08/26 2012 B.C. Seniors Games
Results have been posted by the BC Seniors Games organizers and are reproduced, for Zone 1 & 2 players, here. They contain many errors and omissions. When revised results are available they will be up-dated.
2012/08/25 2012 B.C. Seniors Games
The BC Seniors Games, played in Burnaby, produced its usual round of mixed emotions, including one bizarre incident in which a disgruntled participant took the control desk computer and refused to return it until he got his way! Gold medal winners from the Island were Betty Emery(x3), Norma Sanby(x2), Sue Jiang, Claudia McLean, Ken Holman, Chris Fox, Uschi Leslie, Bruce Roger, Yuji Nakagawa, Kathleen Quilter & Cecilia Rind. Congratulations to all. A link to all the results will be posted on the "Tournaments" page when made available by the organizers.
2012/08/15 Table Tennis For Everyone - No Exceptions!
2012/08/11 How To Win At Table Tennis
From world ranked player Greg Letts his 'How to Win at Table Tennis' is a (PDF) guide for newish players, to help them get up and winning faster. It's more or less a crash course for beginners to help more new players make it to the intermediate level of play, without overwhelming them with detail. Although more advanced players will still enjoy the eBook, and might learn a trick or two! It's also available in ePUB format for those with e-readers and as videos.
2012/08/05 VITTA League: Nanaimo B v's Victoria A
In a Division 1 match-up that produced some scintillating points and many close games Nanaimo B managed a hard fought victory (7-5) over Victoria A today. Up-dated league tables and player stats here.
2012/07/24 The Speed Of Table Tennis
Here's an interesting video made by the US television network ESPN, with the help of US Olympian Erica Wu, showing a breakdown of the incredible speed of the game of table tennis.
2012/07/23 2012 Canadian Championships
The senior competition, completed over the weekend at the stunning Olympic Oval in Richmond, boasted a record entry of 139 players. "This confirms that table tennis is growing in Canada, a trend that we have been observing over the last decade," analyzes Tony Kiesenhofer, Table Tennis Canada's Director General. Those in attendance had the opportunity to see all three members of Canada's Men's Olympic team (Andre Ho - BC, Pierre-Luc Hinse - QC and Eugene Zhen Wang - ON), in action, prior to their departure to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. Full results here.
2012/07/08 VITTA League: Victoria B Take Command
Victoria B, led by the flawless play of Allan Eugenio, outgunned the defending champions, Nanaimo B, by the score of 10-2, in a Division 1 match-up today. Up-dated league tables and player stats here.
2012/07/06 Olympic Games 27 July - 12 August
Olympic table tennis starts, in London, with the Men's and Women's Singles on July 28th. The team events follow on August 3rd. Canada is seeded 15th out of 16 in the Men's team event - the women didn't qualify. Here are all the seeding for both the Men's and Women's teams.
2012/07/04 Canadian Juniors Excel At USA Junior & Cadet Open
The Girls Cadet Open event at the 2012 USA Junior & Cadet Open, taking place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was won by Canada over the USA team. In the Junior Boys event the team from Chinese Taipei beat the Canadian boys team in the final. More here.
2012/07/03 2012 B.C. Seniors Games Island Representatives
The 2012 B.C. Seniors Games, August 21st to 25th, will take place in Burnaby. The venue for table tennis will be: Byrne Creek High School. There will be 32 players representing Vancouver Island
23 from Zone 1 (Chemainus south):
Yuji Nakagawa, Emiko Nakagawa, Ken Holman, Claudia McLean, Fred Kong, Sue Jiang, Bruce Roger, Diana Roger, Michael Sampson, Heide Dobbie, Joan Brillinger, Merv Brillinger, Norma Sanby, Dick Stone, Kathleen Quilter, Les Quilter, Gerry Emery, Betty Emery, Cecilia Rind, Bob Beveridge, Chris Fox, Uschi Leslie & David Smylie and
9 from Zone 2 (Ladysmith north):
Hugh Grist, Anne Grist, Hazel Lawrence, Wally Lawrence, Jim Hay, Eveline Hay, Dave Tyler, Peter Kortas & Dan Ford.
Good luck to all Island participants!
2012/06/30 VITTA League: Victoria Penholders Undefeated
Victoria Penholders completed their Division 2 VITTA League schedule in winning style with two matches in 2 days. Their first match was against Victoria D on Friday June 29th, played at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, which they won 8 - 4. Today they traveled to Duncan to record a 10 - 2 romp over Cowichan. Only Nanaimo C can catch the Penholders in the chase for the Division 2 Championship. Up-dated league tables and player stats here.
2012/06/22 VITTA League: Nanaimo Teams Share Points
Defending Division 1 League champions Nanaimo B battled to a hard-fought 6 - 6 tie with the Charlie Zhang led Nanaimo Attack. Up-dated league tables and player stats here.
2012/06/16 Canadian Olympic Team Announced
The nominees are Pierre-Luc Hinse, Eugene Wang (the #1 ranked player in North America, who just received Citizenship in time to compete for Canada), Andre Ho (Richmond, BC) and Mo Zhang.
2012/06/09 Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors
Wally Lawrence submitted some images from our Seniors Championships which got posted on the web site for the Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors here.
2012/06/07 Local Media Coverage
The Cowichan Valley Citizen yesterday reported on the Cowichan entry into our VITTA League and their inaugural victory. Complete article here. We encourage submission of table tennis news to local media in an effort to raise awareness of (and participation in) our sport.
2012/06/04 Seniors Championships
The 2012 Vancouver Island Seniors Championships was played out yesterday in a wonderful atmosphere of friendly competitiveness with shrieks of anguish heard with shrieks of laughter. Or in Juliette's case - giggles. A huge thank you to Dave Tyler for doing such a great job on the control desk - he may have started as a rookie but he ended as a poised veteran. Thanks to Alvin Ng who completed a schedule for our use. Also a special thanks to Nandor & Mosh from the Nanaimo Table Tennis Club for their help in preparing the facility. Results and images (courtesy Dan Ford & Claudia McLean) here.
2012/05/30 Coaching & Umpire Clinics
The BCTTA will be conducting two courses: 1. NCCP coaching course: Introduction to Competition Base Level & 2. Officials' course: Club Umpire. Both will be completed at the Bridgeport Sports Club in Richmond on June 10th. Registration deadline: June 8th. More information here.
2012/05/28 VITTA League: Victoria Teams Battle
Victoria 'B' emerged as a contender for the League championship with an impressive 10 to 2 win over Victoria 'A' in a Division 1 match-up completed on May 27th. Up-dated league tables and player stats here.
2012/05/26 VITTA League: Cowichan v's Victoria D
Two new teams in a Division 2 match-up which took place today at the Queen of Angels School in Duncan. Cowichan emerged the winner with a 9 to 3 win over Victoria 'D'. Up-dated league tables and player stats here.
2012/05/21 Table Tennis League Promotional Video
Made for the newly formed US Nationwide League, this promotional video (5:06), and the benefits it outlines, applies equally to our more modest VITTA League.
2012/05/20 VITTA League: Nanaimo C v's Victoria C
A Division 2 match-up took place today which ended in a lopsided win for Nanaimo 'C' over Victoria 'C'. League tables and player stats here.
2012/05/15 BC Open Men's Singles Final
Three players from Vancouver Island competed in the BC Open over the weekend: Allan Eugenio, Tayfun Mavituna and Petr Havlik. No trophies but great experience. Here's a link to a video, taken by Allan, of the Open Men's Singles final between Gu Meng (yellow shirt) and Billy Deng (blue shirt).
2012/05/07 Nanaimo & Victoria Battle To Tie
A hard fought match between Nanaimo Attack and Victoria 'B' in a Division 1 fixture resulted in a 6-6 tie yesterday. Images from match day courtesy Ming Fang. League table and player stats here.
2012/05/03 Seniors Play On
Here's a teaser for a new documentary that profiles eight players with a combined age of 703 as they prepared for the World over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. The documentary is slated for theatrical release prior to airing on TV this fall.
2012/04/29 Division 1 VITTA League Match
With Axel Nagorny again leading the charge, Campbell River had an impressive 8 - 4 win today against Victoria 'A'. League table and player stats here.
2012/04/20 Canadian Players Battle US For Olympic Spots
This weekend, in Cary, North Carolina, competitors from the United States and Canada are vying for three men’s spots and two women’s spots on the North American Olympic team headed to London for the 2012 Summer Games. Article here. Draws, results and watch live streaming here.
2012/04/20 Table Tennis - A Spectator Sport?
Can table tennis become a spectator sport? Here are some interesting thoughts from Australian world ranked player and coach Gregg Letts.
2012/04/16 VITTA League - Victoria Penholders Undefeated
In the 2012 VITTA League, Victoria Penholders completed their second match on April 15 against Division 2 rivals Victoria 'C'. Victoria Penholders emerged the winners with another 9-3 victory. League table and player stats here.
2012/04/13 Best Points From The 2012 World Team Championships
2012/04/08 2012 VITTA League Kicks Off Today
The 2012 VITTA League started today with a Division 2 match between Victoria Penholders and Nanaimo 'C'. Victoria Penholders emerged the winners with a 9-3 victory. League table and player stats here.
2012/04/08 A Review Of The New Table Tennis Ball
Many questions have been asked of the new plastic table tennis ball which is expected to transition into international table tennis now in 2014. William Henzell acquired some of the new DHS brand table tennis balls and has given a video review of the ball in his latest video. In parts it seems quite a gloomy outlook, with Henzell expecting many players will have to 'retrain' their expectations of how the ball will behave and where it will go on the table. Check out the video here.
2012/04/06 Entries Now Being Accepted For B.C. Open
Entries are now being accepted for the BC Open tournament scheduled for May 12 & 13 in Richmond. We encourage all Island players, regardless of their playing level, to enter. This tournament has categories for players of all abilities and is a great opportunity to play against different players and styles. Entry deadline: May 3. For entry form and more information click on the "Tournaments" link above.
2012/03/23 How well do you know the rules of table tennis?
1. If an opponent is using a combination bat, do they have to warm-up with both sides so you can get used to them?
2. If you start warming up with one bat can you change to another at love-all?
3. Are you required to warm-up at all?
1. No - you can warm-up any way you wish.
2. No - once your bat has been offered to the umpire and deemed legal, that is the bat you must play with. (Okay for tournaments and events with officials, not so easy in local events.)
3. No - warming-up is not mandatory. (If an opponent refuses to warm-up then, I think, you should be able to get someone to warm-up with you.)
2012/03/18 Table Tennis Table Wanted. Now acquired one!
The Bayside Racquet Club in Parksville is looking to buy a table to start a table tennis program. They have existing members who have expressed an interest and are hoping to attract juniors. Does anyone have a reasonably priced table for sale? If so please contact: Nathan Chadwick at 250.951.0251 or by email: email@example.com.
2012/03/16 BC Hosting Canadian Nationals In July
BCTTA will host the 2012 Canadian National Senior and Junior Championships from July 19 - 26. They are recruiting volunteers for officials, venue patrol, door ticket checker, control desk staff, racquet control staff & reporter. Anyone interested please send contact information to BCTTA, 227-3820 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC V7B 0A2. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012/03/09 One Rating System For North America?
For some inexplicable reason the table tennis governing bodies in Canada and the US operate different and incompatible ratings systems. A request from the Vancouver Island Table Tennis Association (for a formula linking the two) seems to have revived moribund talks between the CTTA and the USATT to find some common ground. It's long overdue. Stay tuned!
2012/03/06 2012 VITTA League Schedule Posted
The 'League Committee' have now separated the 10 registered teams into two divisions. Each team is to play the other four teams, within their division, once. A tentative schedule has now been posted for each division. For more information click on the "League" link above.
2012/03/04 Nanaimo Seniors Welcomed
It helps to be on the Nanaimo Harbour Senior Citizens Board; Wally Lawrence was able to get a notice about the table tennis demonstration scheduled for March 31st at the Nanaimo Bowen Center Auditorium posted on the front page of their web site. Come out and support this event organized by Wally and Dan Ford. More information here.
2012/02/17 Islanders Again Strike Gold In Southern Arizona
Competing in the 2012 Sierra Vista Open Chemaniacs Claudia McLean & Ken Holman won gold in their respective age groups for Singles and together in the Open Doubles. Both went undefeated in the tournament. Also competing, Frank Enns (Duncan), who just missed out on a medal but didn't come away empty handed. He won an original painting in the raffle and was presented his prize by the artist. Next up for these table tennis ambassadors the 2012 Green Valley Senior Games in March.
2012/02/13 Special Admission Rate For BCTTA Members
Effective immediately the Bridgeport Sports Club in Richmond is offering a special admission rate of $3.00 per person for BCTTA members. Times: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm - Monday through Friday. BCTTA membership card is required.
2012/02/12 Seniors Promoting Table Tennis In Nanaimo
On March 31st at the Nanaimo Bowen Center Auditorium there will be a table tennis demonstration, designed to promote our game, organized by Wally Lawrence and Dan Ford. With opportunities for all to play it will highlight the many benefits, both mental and physical, that table tennis can offer.
2012/02/08 Why Red And Black?
The two-colour rule was passed in 1983 so that players could tell which side an opponent with two surfaces used to hit the ball. Originally the rule was that the surface colours must be "clearly different." Players and manufacturers immediately began the search for "clearly different" colours that look the same in action - and they found it in black and maroon. When examined, they are clearly different, but when the racket is moving and ten or so feet away, they are hard to tell apart. Confusion reigned.
So the ITTF ruled that the two surfaces must be black and cherry red. The latter was later changed to bright red.
An interesting side issue is that for many years the dye used for the black side slowed the surface down. Because of this most players put black on their backhands, red on the forehands. (There was a study on this once, and found that 70% of tournament players had red on the forehand.) This isn't a problem anymore, but perhaps because players tend to copy other players, many still tend to have the red on the forehand.
2012/02/05 Kal Tire Returns As Sponsor
We are delighted to report that Kal Tire, South Nanaimo, have agreed to sponsor the up-coming 2012 Vancouver Island Seniors Championships in June. Sponsorships such as these help defray the costs of running tournaments and keep entry fees low. Wherever possible please support and thank our sponsors. Our thanks to Nandor Deri (Nanaimo) who is responsible for bringing back Kal Tire as a sponsor.
2012/01/27 Islanders Strike Gold In Arizona
Islanders Claudia McLean (Chemainus), Frank Enns (Duncan) and Ken Holman (Chemainus) competed in the 2012 Tucson Senior Games - all found gold in their age group. Claudia winning the Women's Singles, Women's Doubles & Mixed Doubles (with Ken); Frank winning the Men's Doubles; Ken winning the Men's Singles & Mixed Doubles. Next up for this winning trio the 2012 Sierra Vista Open in early February.
2012/01/16 Table Tennis Helps Offset Dementia
The US based Sport & Art Educational Foundation features table tennis to help senior citizens, in particular to help offset Alzheimer's and dementia. See their intro (where they say, "Current research by renowned psychiatrists has confirmed that ping-pong is the world's best brain sport") as well their "Why Table Tennis" page, and then explore the rest of their web pages.