by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
Five notable names who had attended the ITTF/PTT Level One course were once again taking part in the learning process.
Rowan Fajerman, ITTF-Oceania Participation Officer, attended alongside Patrick Wuertz, ITTF-Oceania High Performance Officer and Wade Townsend, ITTF-Oceania Communication Officer and national team player. Similarly, Alize Belrose, a regular member of the Tahiti national team but now very much focused on coaching was present, as was George Logothetis, former Greek National Champion, now the full-time coach of Townsville Table Tennis Association.
“I was very pleased to be the trainer for this group of high level coaches and to be responsible for the coach education promotion of our sport in the country and Oceania.” Christina Chee
Two intense days formed the itinerary involving theory and practical sessions, an examination concluding the course.
“I take this opportunity to thank ITTF-Oceania, especially Patrick Wuertz, for the great efforts to organise this great course in Melbourne, and also thanks to Christina for transferring her knowledge and help to boost my confidence in my teaching skills”, Alize Belrose
“The course was a big step for ITTF-Oceania with regards to the strengthening of the continental structure, besides coaches having national coaching accreditation knowledge, now with added values, coaches can also promote and bring our sport to a higher national and continental level.” Patrick Wuertz
The end result was that the coaches learned a great deal not only about coaching players but also delivering coach education courses.
“My thanks to ITTF-Oceania, Michael Brown; Glenn Tepper, the mastermind of the ITTF Development Programme. Also my thanks to Patrick Wuertz, ITTF-Oceania High Performance Officer and Dennis Makaling, Chief Executive Officer Table Tennis Victoria, for providing perfect conditions and good organization; furthermore, not forgetting thanks to all the coaches for the passion and dedication shown. Keep going for a life long sport, happy coaching!” Christina Chee
An intense itinerary but most successful, a worthwhile visit to very much Australia’s sport city was concluded.