by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Matters commenced on Monday 20th June and concluded on June 20 and concluded on Thursday 23rd June; a total of 12 boys and 12 girls from Canada attended.
On duty for Canada at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Pradeeban Peter-Paul was the man at the helm of proceedings. He was supported by colleague Yonjiang Liu and Wang Enlong in addition to Massimo Constantini and Stefan Feth, the coaches of the players from the United States.
“I was very happy with the turn-out of the camp. The players came well prepared and ready to work hard, especially with the World Junior Championships qualification competition coming up. I varied the sessions to include a lot of tactical training and match preparation. It was really a great camp and I look forward to leading many more!” Pradeeban Peter-Paul.
Sessions were held twice daily and included a variety of exercises with the emphasis on consolidating techniques, tactical and match preparation plus physical training. Each day players practised with different partners.
“It’s always nice to see the camaraderie between the Canadian and United States players, even when there’s an important competition just days away. It is also evident that both countries benefit from these joint training camps because of the different styles of play they are exposed to and also the skills that the US brings to the group.” Mireille Tallon, ITTF North America Development Officer.
A range of styles and expertise on duty; all combined to produce a successful experience.