Local star looks to establish sport in his home town.CHALPAT SONTI May 29, 2014 3:37am
We all know about ‘aerial ping pong’, but why not try the real thing?
You don’t have to be a footballer to play table tennis either — and a competition is about to start up locally.
It is the brainchild of Nagambie resident Chris Anders, whose passion for the sport is so great he travels the state to play. He even made it to Darwin last year as part of the Victorian team.
But Anders has had to go to some lengths to indulge his passion. With no club locally, he travels to Shepparton, and is the president of the table tennis club there.
He’d love to see a resurgence of his chosen sport locally, and has set about doing that by organising a local Wednesday night competition.
It will be a standard three-person team format and run over about six weeks initially at the Mechanics Institute hall in Nagambie.
Anders himself won’t be playing in the tournament, but would love to see as many locals as possible keen to give it a go. Past experience and equipment isn’t necessary — the latter will be provided if needed.
‘‘People have told me they want to come and have a go and I want to provide somewhere for them to come so they can get off the couch,’’ he said.
Age is no barrier either. The Shepparton competition has an 81-year-old plying their wares, and at a high standard too.
‘‘It’s not just for men either, it’s a sport that crosses all barriers,’’ Anders said.
‘‘When I was a kid every town had a competition and it’d be great to get one up and running again. Long term I’d like to build up a club here.’’
The competition will be run under the auspices of the Shepparton club, meaning that all prospective players will need to do is register with Table Tennis Victoria to be covered by insurance.
That costs $50 and allows players to take part in tournaments anywhere in the state if they want. Fees per night will be $10 for adults and $5 for juniors.
But if you want to test the water first, there are free ‘come and try’ nights from 7
For more information call or text Anders on 0428
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