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Congratulations to Aedan McGivern

Aedan McGivern plays Table Tennis for Craigavon Table Tennis Club and has represented both Ulster and Ireland at junior level. He was selected to represent Ireland in the  European  Mini  Youth  Championships  (August 2019) and he also represented Ireland  at  Molnar  Open  (January 2020) where he finished 17th in the U13 Boys Singles. 

On top of these huge achievements, Aedan has just become the Junior Male of the Year in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Junior Sports Awards.

Check out the video below of the online Award Ceremony!

Congratulations Aedan from all at Table Tennis Ireland! 

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The Future is bright for Table Tennis Rackets

International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has announced that there will be colourful racket coverings arriving later this year. There will be four new colours to choose from: pink, violet, green and blue. The choice of colours had two limitations from the very beginning: the colour of the balls and the black covering are remaining unchanged so the colour needed to be distinguishable from these. Tests and trials were completed by athletes with various different colours, and the ones that were unpopular and not easy to distinguish were removed from the options. Therefore, the options that were left with Pink, Violet, Green and Blue. There will still be the classic red and black rubber combination for those who prefer the classic look. 

The ITTF are of the opinion that table tennis is colourful because it is such a diverse sport. It is a sport played by many different personalities globally. Many players find it important to customise their material and coloured rubbers will offer another opportunity to do so in the future. 

When the ITTF analysed reactions to the topic on social media over the past few months, the mood was mixed: one third were very happy, one third were totally against and the rest simply didn’t mind.         

We at Table Tennis Ireland would like to know your thoughts – reply to our tweet on @TableTennisIRE, check out our poll and use the following hashtags to join in the conversation #ITTF #TableTennisIreland #TableTennis #LoveSport! Let us know your thoughts on this change and get involved on our posts on social media!

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The death has occurred of Jim Sheehan

Jim Sheehan passed away on Tuesday 9th of February 2021. He represented Ireland at international level, played at Irish Veteran Table Tennis Society tournaments, and was a popular coach at the table tennis club of Waterford Institute of Technology. We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Ellen, his daughters Miriam and Gillian, his extended family and friends. An online book of condolence is available on the link below:

Condolence book for JIM SHEEHAN, Tramore, Waterford (rip.ie)

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Veterans Home Nations Tournament Cancelled

Due to the uncertainties caused by the current pandemic, we regret to advise that the Veterans Home Nations Championships, which had been scheduled for 10th to 12th September 2021, have been cancelled. Our thanks go to all of our sponsors and our volunteers who have helped with the organisation of the event so far. We are most grateful to the delegates on the Management Committee for their support during these challenging times.

Further details will be issued in due course.

Stay Safe!

Brian Finn,

Chair, IVTTS

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The death has occurred of Adam Buckley

Adam Buckley passed away after a short illness, which he fought bravely with courage and dignity, on 27th of January. He represented his club Ballincollig TTC and Munster at U13 & U15 levels. We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to his parents, Jacqui and Mark, and his sister Becky, and his extended family and friends.

Please click on the link below if you wish to sign the Book of  Condolences:

https://rip.ie/cb.php?dn=447656 

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Save the Date – AGM 2021!

Table Tennis Ireland wishes to advise all members that the Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 12th of June 2021 in Irish Sport HQ at the National Sports Campus. Further details will be announced for the meeting in due course and will be dependent on restrictions in place at the time.

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Seeking Expressions of Interest for Level 2 TTI Coaching Course

We are seeking expressions of interest from those who wish to complete a Level 2 TTI Coach Course which is accredited by Sport Ireland Coaching. It is proposed that the theory/classroom-based aspects of the course would be conducted via an online platform, over a number of days, with the practical aspects of the course taking place separately, on two days, with candidates being assessed on those days. The requirements for potential candidates are that they will need access to the internet, and a computer/phone/laptop equipped for sound and vision.

Please note that candidates must have completed the TTI Level 1 course and have 2 years (minimum coaching experience) and be aged 18 years or above, however, subject to space, potential candidates who fulfil most criteria may be considered for admission by the Coach Developers.

The cost of the course has not been finalised due to the online element still to be confirmed; however, it is expected to be in the range of £140-£180/ €160-€200

Please contact the office ([email protected]) with your name, your club and when your level 1 course was completed to express your interest in completing the TTI Level 2 course, and for any further details about the course

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Best of Luck Paul McCreery in the World Ping Pong Masters

We would like to wish Paul McCreery the best of luck this weekend playing in the Word Ping Pong Masters in The Ricoh Arena, Coventry, January 23rd – 24th

World Ping Pong Masters brings 24 of the world’s best ping pong players to battle for their share of a prize fund which stands at $102,000. The format is straight-knockout, matches are best of 5 from the Last 16 onwards and the popular Golden Buzzer Power Play returns!

Watch the World Ping Pong Masters, live on Sky Sports Mix from midday on Saturday, January 23 to see Paul in action. Table tennis is a world-known sport but switching to a hardbat allows for a different strategy of the game, slower shots and potentially longer rallies affording better viewership to a casual sports fan as well as excitement for the younger generation to look upon.

Join in to see the action this weekend, and see more action like this from Paul https://twitter.com/matchroompp/status/1352186974879297536?s=24

Keep up to date on the tournament by clicking this link http://worldpingpongmasters.com/tournament/

Best of Luck Paul from all at Table Tennis Ireland!! 

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The death has occurred of Ian Brown

Ian Brown passed away after a long and brave battle with illness on 16th of January. He represented both Ballincollig & Leeside table tennis clubs, and his province, Munster, at both Junior and Senior level with great distinction. We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to his parents, Carol and Roy, and his siblings, Chloe and Niall, and his wide circle of friends.

Please click on the link below if you wish to sign the Book of  Condolences:

https://rip.ie/death-notice/ian-brown-ballincollig-cork/445799