by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
The source of inspiration is Hollie, Steve Rowe’s granddaughter, who decided that it would be fun to paint patterns on table tennis balls.
“I am so excited about this competition. Kids are very creative and I can’t wait to see the many different designs we will receive from around the world. It gives us a good opportunity to get some newcomers involved in our sport. I do believe that once the kids have designed a ball, most certainly they will want to try to play a game of table tennis.“ Steve Rowe
It is hoped that table tennis associations throughout the world will disseminate the idea to local clubs and schools; thus increasing interest in table tennis.
“The competition is also a great way for clubs to make a link with schools, first talk about the competition and then talk about delivering table tennis in the school. They go hand in hand. We are expecting thousands of entries from all over the world. It’s very exciting.”
How to enter- Steve Rowe explains
Supported by Butterfly, notably the competition has been endorsed by Romania’s Elizabeta Samara, Portugal’s Marcos Freitas, Sweden’s Kristian Karlsson, Russia’s Maksym Shmyrev and England’s Liam Pitchford in addition to Thomas Weikert, ITTF President who will be involved in the latter stages of the judging process.
There are three categories: under 16 year, under 11 years and under 7 years; the closing date for submissions is Saturday 30th September 2017.
For further information and how to enter contact: Steve Rowe