05 May 2019

Revised and updated, a two day Level One Para Classification Seminar was conducted prior to the start of the recent Para Oceania Championships 2019, which commenced in the northern Australian city of Darwin on Wednesday 1st May.

Pablo Perez, the Head of ITTF Para Table Tennis was the chief instructor alongside Sharad Pandit.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

A total of 13 hours, the venue for the whole proceedings and the ensuing tournament was the Marrara Indoor Stadium; the premises proving more than adequate for both the seminar and classification.

Notably, seven new para players received their initial classification; two existing players had their classification reviewed. Furthermore, two trainee classifiers in the guise of Carli Harris and David Gutman attended the seminar.

“The small number of trainees allowed ample opportunities for one on one teaching. Australia already has a thriving para table tennis programme and provides assistance to the islands in the Oceania region to develop their para table tennis programmes.” Sharad Pandit

Both Carli Harris and David Brown responded to the efforts of Pablo Perez and Sharad Pandit and are undoubtedly valuable additions in a part of the world where understandably, the standard of play in the small Pacific islands is much lower than in main land masses of Australia and New Zealand.

“Carli works as a physiotherapist in Melbourne, Victoria and is actively involved both as a player and coach in women’s netball. She demonstrated excellent understanding of the principles of classification and will definitely be a valuable addition to the classifier family in years to come. David Brown who comes from Perth in Western Australia brings long years of coaching experience and passion for the sport and will definitely add value to the classification process.” Sharad Pandit

A successful initiative was realized, two valuable classifiers appointed.


Paralympics Para Table Tennis Pablo Perez Sharad Pandit.

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