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Austin Provides Top Class Facilities as City Embraces the Sport of Table Tennis
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor


Course members from foreign shores at the ITTF/PTT Level One Coaches Course  Photo By: Courtesy of Richard McAfee

06/14/2013       

The capital of the state of Texas in the United States of America, Austin is the current home for an ITTF/PTT Level One Course; proceedings began on Monday 10th June and will conclude on Friday 10th June 2013.

A total of 14 coaches are in attendance from the various areas of the state, alongside coaches from Georgia and Ohio.

Furthermore there are coaches from further afield; two coaches from Costa Rica and four from Bermuda have ventured the Lone Star state for the five day course.

Grand Scale
“It is said that “everything is big” in Texas and this is certainly true for their love of table tennis”, said Richard McAfee, the Course Conductor and United States Table Tennis Association Hall of Fame Member, who is clearly delighted with situation in Austin.

“All of the participating coaches are enjoying the top-flight professional facilities of the Austin Table Tennis Club; the ATTC features 18 table tennis courts with wood flooring and excellent lighting”, he said. “Add to this a pro-shop, locker rooms, an elevated lounge area with an overhead viewing walkway and you have one of the premiere full-time, table tennis facilities in the United States.”

Enthusiasm
Furthermore, the enthusiasm in Austin would seem to reflect a nationwide trend.

“The ITTF Coaches Education Programme continues to grow at an outstanding rate in the United States with eleven ITTF Courses now scheduled for 2013; this was the second ITTF-PTT Level One Course to be held at the Austin Club and in September the club will host its first ITTF Level Two Course”, continued Richard McAfee. “Much of the success for the Austin ITTF Courses must go to the club’s dynamic General Manager, Marguerite Cheung.”
Later, Richard McAfee is scheduled to give an advanced training camp at the conclusion of the ITTF Course.

The Capital
“Austin is known internationally for its vibrant music scene”, concluded Richard McAfee. “It is also quickly beginning known as the “capital” of table tennis in Texas.”

Unquestionably that fact is becoming clear, crystal clear.





Course members in Austin at the ITTF Level One Course
Photo courtesy of Richard McAfee


 

   

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