19 Dec 2016

Two weeks of intense activity in Argentina, Buenos Aires the focal point, concluded in the South American country with a recently organised ITTF/PTT Level One Coaches Course.

Organised under the auspices of the International Table Tennis Federation, proceedings commenced on Wednesday 7th December and finished on Sunday 11th December.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

The third such organised course in 2016; another three courses are planned for 2017.

Pertinently, the host nation’s Alejandra Gabaglio was again the course conductor; the goal being to educate coaches in order to help people with disabilities throughout Argentina play table tennis.

“More than a positive experience to continue learning, planning, teaching; a wonderful group of people”, Lucio Campo (course member)

Controlled play from the forehand the order of proceedings (Photo: Ariel Popiolek)

Notably, the course followed the Copa Tango Para Tournament, which commenced on Tuesday 22nd November with junior competitions and later a training camp for young players.

All the activities were held at the Centro Nacional de Alto Rendimiento Deportivo (Cenard), the high performance training centre where experienced coaches and new coaches, shared five days of intense activity where they were able to form friendships, exchange experiences and thus increase knowledge.

A service demonstration (Photo: Ariel Popiolek)

“Unbeatable experience with great people, an excellent group; everything good comes to an end but the best is what is to come, great ITTF level One Course!” Daniel Rodríguez (Class 5 athlete and course member)

Friendship through table tennis was once again evident; common factors on all courses promoted by the International Table Tennis Federation, common factors in Buenos Aires.

A practical session takes place (Photo: Ariel Popiolek)




High Performance and Development Alejandra Gabaglio