Two of the State’s largest table tennis clubs have joined forces to become one of the best table tennis clubs in Australia.
The Sturt Table Tennis Club, one of the oldest sporting clubs in SA was founded in 1946 and has a long tradition of producing high performing players, including current Australian men’s champion William Henzell and former Australian ladies champion Christine Little.
The Adelaide Chinese and Friends Table Tennis Club formed in the 1990’s, and has also had tremendous success in recent years with its resident senior coach Li Wang Li, a former top 10 Chinese player.
Inaugural President of the new Adelaide Table Tennis Club, Alan Herman, who has been President of the Sturt Table Tennis Club for the past 10 years said “both clubs had complementary strengths that made joining forces a good decision for all table tennis players and the sport in SA”.
The Inaugural Vice-President, Alice Abbas, has also been President of the Adelaide Chinese and Friends Club for many years. Ms Abbas said “we had a growing number of players, and through the merger we now have better access to facilities”.
Prior to the merger, Sturt Table Tennis Club was suffering from dwindling numbers of competitive players. Adelaide Chinese and Friends Table Tennis Club did not have a permanent venue, and this was preventing them from being able to grow.
“We now are looking forward to a Winter Pennant Season in the Table Tennis SA competition where as a joint entity we are fielding eight teams. On our own, we would not have been able to coordinate anywhere near that number” said Mr Herman.
Ms Abbas added “the sport in Adelaide has grown mainly through Asian immigration in recent years and we expect that to continue. The new club will welcome players from all over the world who wish to play socially or competitively”.
The new Adelaide Table Tennis Club will operate from the former Sturt Table Tennis Club premises at 7 Albert Street, Clarence Gardens. The Club which is air-conditioned has six tables and is open most days and evenings. It has an extensive list of coaches and officials that can help anyone get into the sport. “Table tennis is great exercise, it can be played all year round, and it is also fairly cheap to play compared with other sports or going to a gym” said Mr Herman.
The Adelaide Table Tennis Club formed on 1 January 2013, in the Chinese year of the Dragon. As a result, the club will be known as “The Adelaide Dragons”. “This will really strike a chord with the Chinese players coming over to the new club” Ms Abbas said.
For more information, contact the Adelaide Table Tennis Club on email@example.com or Alan Herman on 0431 987 339. Website: www.tabletennisadelaide.org.au