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Invitation to Officiate at 2016 Slovak Para Open


The Slovak Table Tennis Association invites International Umpires to officiate at the forthcoming 2016 Slovakian Para Open.

A Factor 40 tournament for World ranking, to be held in Bratislava, the playing days are Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th May.

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A Life Changing Experience, Playing Table Tennis


“Table Tennis has changed my life!” These are the words of Iakoba Taberanibou, a Para Table Tennis player from the Fiji Islands. Kope, as he’s affectionately known, acquired his disability after climbing up a palm tree to retrieve some coconuts for his family so that they could have water and wait out an imminent storm.

The storm hit earlier than expected and Kope fell to the ground, fracturing his spine in the process.

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Success in Fiji Motivates Para Table Tennis in Solomon Islands


Independent since 1978, a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Solomon Islands emerged as the most successful association on duty at the recent Fiji Para Open held staged from Saturday 23rd January to Saturday 30th January at the National Training Centre.

Present to conduct a Training Camp and supervise the tournament was Alois Rosario, the Australian Para Coach and Christian Holtz, the Para Development Officer for the Oceania Table Tennis Federation.

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Exceeding London, Surpassing All Others Compatriots, Aims of Melissa Tapper


Winner at Para Tournaments staged in both Spain and Thailand, as well as at the Oceania Regional Championships on home soil in Bendigo; the year 2015 proved most successful for Australia’s Melissa Tapper.

Now the aim for the 25 year old from Hamilton is the enjoy an even more successful year; the goal must be to climb one step higher than at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and gain a distinction that no athlete from her country has ever achieved in the past.

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Mateja Pintar Appointed Slovenian National Association’s Head of Marketing


Winner of the Women’s Singles Class 3 title at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, Mateja Pintar, who announced her retirement from international play last November, may no longer be seen demonstrating her skills in the table tennis arenas of the world but she will not be lost to the sport.

Nicknamed the “Ice Queen”, the 30 year old has been appointed Head of Marketing and Development for Slovenian Table Tennis Association; she assumes office with immediate effect.

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Four Sports Selected, Table Tennis Features in Argentine Paralympic Initiative


An ambitious plan to promote Paralympic sport in Argentina, table tennis has been selected as one of four disciplines by the Ente Nacional de Alto Rendimiento Deportivo (ENARD), the National Body of High Performance Sport, as part of an extensive and innovative programme.

The announcement was made by Wanda Holtz, the Para Sport Technical Coordinator for ENARD; prevalent in the decision were the facts that table tennis is comparatively simple to organize, it caters for a wide range of disabilities and has the potential to realise medals at local level.

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Rio Bound Paralympians Attend Level One Course in Egyptian Capital City


Situated in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo, the recently opened National Training Centre was the home for an ITTF/PTT Level One Coaches Course from Sunday 3rd to Thursday 7th January.

Organised in co-operation under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme and with the support of General Nasser Ghaly, the Director of the Complex which also hosts a Bowling Centre, a total of 32 students, 30 men and two women, attended.

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Surprise Winners, European Visitors Enjoy Success on Central American Soil


Opponents earlier in the week, later it was colleagues; Belgium’s Marc Ledoux and Matthieu Loïcq combined to emerge as the somewhat surprise gold medallists in the Men’s Team event at the 2015 Copa Costa Rica Para Open in San José, when matters ended on Saturday 19th December.

The win concluded what was a very successful visit for the European duo to the Central American country; two days earlier Marc Ledoux had beaten Matthieu Loïcq in the Men’s Singles Class 8 final (11-9, 12-10, 11-5).

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Three Further Medals, Seven in Total, Momentum Maintained in Team Events


Four medals in the Men’s Singles events courtesy of Thomas Matthews, Martin Perry, Billy Shilton and Ashley Facey-Thompson at the 2015 Copa Costa Rica Para Open in San José; Great Britain enjoyed further success in the Men’s Team events, a further three medals were added to the tally.

Thomas Matthews and Martin Perry secured sliver, Ashley Facey Thompson won bronze.

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