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2017 Aurora Ford South Slave Open

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The 2017 Aurora Ford South Slave Open will be hosted from April 22nd to 23rd, 2017 at JBT Elementary School in Fort Smith. This will be an Arctic Winter Games test event, in the venue of the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games.

Timeline

Friday, April 21st 2017
6-10pm Table Tennis Canada Officials Clinic

Saturday, April 22nd 2017
10am Junior Event
01pm Senior Event

Sunday, April 23rd 2017
Skills Camp

Categories

Junior  (J18 – born 1999 or later)
Senior Open

Fee

$20 per player

Accommodation & Food

Let us know if you like to stay at the school.
Food will be provided.

Table Tennis Rules

Depending on participants, we will play best out of 3 or best out of 5. We will follow the rules of the International Table Tennis Federation. If you have any questions, please contact info@tabletennisnorth.ca and we will be happy to help you.

ITTF Rules: http://www.ittf.com/ittf_handbook/hb.asp?s_number=2

Deadline for registration is April 17th 2017. For registration, please send and e-mail to info@tabletennisnorth.ca with the following information: First Name, Last Name, Community, Birth Date and mention what 2 single categories and 1 double category you want to participate in. Also, please let us know if you want to stay at the school and/or want to eat at the school.

If you have any more questions, please contact info@tabletennisnorth.ca. Thank you! We are looking forward to seeing you in Fort Smith!!!

Table Tennis North in Minor Hockey news

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Table Tennis is growing in the Northwest Territories and with it is healthy living and being active. We have reached 13 communities so far and working on projects in the new fiscal year to reach even more. We have played Table Tennis with over 2,000 children in just the last 18 month. The word is out there, now it is time to manifest it, create leaders in communities and build a base.
We are very fortunate to have so much support from our partners, sponsors and the communities. Without that, we would be nothing. The media also plays a big role and next to being featured many times in local newspapers, we are very lucky to have had an article in UP HERE Magazine and in May 2017 we will be featured in Readers Digest Magazine as well.
Next up more clinics in the communities, preparations for the Arctic Winter Games and putting a Team NWT into place that will be able to compete in National events as well …
Check out the full article right HERE.

“The Power of Ping Pong” – Readers Digest

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A beautiful article by Elaine Anselmi from UP HERE.

A wonderful article to support our vision to promote and develop an active, healthy and fun environment with the sport of Table Tennis in the Northwest Territories.

One huge supporter of Table Tennis in the Northwest Territories is Principal of Deh Gah School in Fort Providence, Lois Phillip. “It’s about creating opportunities and creating a safe space,” says Lois. “A safe space where kids can be kids.” And that is what we are trying to do with Fort Providence, and also bring our multi seasonal sport into other communities, creating those same opportunities and fun, safe spaces. 

Once we reach the communities, it is about keeping involved. One hopes by being constant, being the role models that we can be, it will make a difference in their lives.  “I must say, I’m a dreamer and crazy sometimes,” Gohl says. “I said when I came here, in a year’s time, I want to do 20 communities.” He made his move to Fort Providence in September 2015, and while 20 may have been a lofty goal, he’s already hit 13.

We will definitely hit 20 communities by the end of our 2 year anniversary as a Territorial Sport Organization, but more important, we want to go back to those communities as much as we can, support them how ever possible, and see the sport grow in participation, with increased health and focus with time for all ages. 

“Table Tennis is becoming more than just something to do” is how the article ends and that is very true. We have seen an immense growth of participation and interest in the Sport of Table Tennis in the North and we are looking forward to more excitement in the future.

BUY the magazine or read our article right HERE.

ITTF featured post on NWT World Table Tennis Day

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An iconic venue, a splendid initiative was taken in Northern Territories, Canada to celebrate World Table Tennis Day on Thursday 6th April.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

 

Organized by Thorsten Gohl, the man charged with promoting table tennis in the region, situated next to the Mackenzie River in Fort Simpson, the largest tepee in the world was the home for proceedings.

An iconic venue, a splendid initiative was taken in Northern Territories,c Canada to celebrate World Table Tennis Day on Thursday 6th April.

Organized by Thorsten Gohl, the man charged with promoting table tennis in the region, situated next to the Mackenzie River in Fort Simpson, the largest tepee in the world was the home for proceedings.

Check out the FULL ARTICLE.

Table Tennis Athlete Paul Devitt coming home with 2 Silver Medals

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“Back from my trip this week and people at each of the three venues I competed at could not have been friendlier or more helpful. As expected, I lost most games to better and more experienced players. Still, I had fun and gained valuable experience competing against players with many different styles, serves and racket types.“

Paul Devitt is on the way to improving his game over the last couple of years enjoying regular practices at home and at the Yellowknife Table Tennis Club.  Last year he also trained for two weeks in Hungary and is continuing to take lessons from expert coaches when traveling to southern Canada. This time he travelled to Alberta and Manitoba to participate in some of their local tournaments.

“Also, nice to hear from several Winnipeg players that my game has noticeably improved since I participated in the February Golden Boy” says Paul.

In Edmonton Paul played with team mate Lewis Cheung in the Team A U1500 category as well as the Doubles U2500 event. To his surprise and everyone else’s (including Lewis) they finished second in both events.

“Also no surprise, that I lost to the eventual winner Brian Ho in the first round of the Open Singles event (Brian is the best player in Alberta and finished second at a recent 2017 Butterfly Canada Cup Final).  However, I had fun as Brian was a great sport and at my request during one game told me in advance the spin he would use for each serve.”

It is so great seeing Athletes from the NWT participating in tournaments outside the NWT. It is not so easy to gain experience in a small Territory like ours, so competing where ever possible is the best way to learn.

Congratulations Paul!

 

Territories coming closer together

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The Yukon and the Northwest Territories came together in Whitehorse to discuss the continued future of Table Tennis in the North.

It all started with NWT Coach Thor Gohl, Yukon Coach Kevin Murphy and Aerobic Table Tennis’s Steve Rowe working together to give a total of seven Table Tennis Clinics in just one week. This included the Territorial Team, as well as three schools in Whitehorse. With Aerobic Table Tennis being the main focus, there was a lot of excitement and joy in the faces of the children and youth.  Over 1,000 students played, bringing them closer to the sport of Table Tennis, and having fun as they engaged in the physical activities. 

“We are small, but we are take the opportunities and possibilities that we have. Sometimes you have to think outside the box, and that is what we are doing here, trying to bring in programs like Aerobic Table Tennis and getting kids moving in a fun activity. A bonus is they are exposed to our sport and will maybe take it on. WIN WIN” Thor says with a smile.

Steve adds, “It’s always great to see the kids smiling, and more important huge territories coming together for a common goal. What an amazing week it has been!”

Here are some images from the clinics in Whitehorse. I think you will agree that Table Tennis can bring a lot fun into our lives. 

Dusk ’til Dawn Ping Pong Pajama Party Fundraiser

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Dusk til Dawn Purple Paisley Ping Pong Pajama Party Fundraiser  April 21, 2017

Prince inspired me to play Ping Pong again …and to raise money for Autism Society NWT! I’ve always loved the music of Prince and would have loved to see him live in concert, but living in the far north, I never got the chance. When he died suddenly last year on April 21st, I was devastated. So I made the pilgrimage to the tribute concert in Minneapolis last October and went to visit his recording studios at Paisley Park. Right there in the middle of the studio was his ping pong table! I packed up a racket and played table tennis for the first time in forty years!

When I came back to Fort Smith, I kept playing and promoting the game. Over the winter I got the idea to do a tribute to Prince on the anniversary of his death. He was all about music, dusk ‘til dawn dance parties, …and ping pong! He was also a quiet philanthropist who anonymously gave money to many charitable causes. One of the rare public charitable activities he did was to play several benefit concerts for Autism Rocks, a UK based foundation. So what better way to pay tribute to Prince than a Dusk til Dawn Ping Pong Pajama Party Fundraiser in support of our northern Autism Society NWT!

I’m so excited about the response from the community! People love the idea! It’s going to be rocking, with music, ping pong, and a celebration of the differences and the unique potential of all members of our community. The money we raise will stay in the north and go to support individuals and families living with autism spectrum disorder. Prince is loving it!

Lesley Paulette

Lesley_paulette@northwestel.net
Or text or phone at 867-872-0956

What a great event and an amazing idea. Check out the for more information!!!

All donations will go to NWT Autism Society.

Officials & Coaching clinics

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Table Tennis North is getting ready for the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games, what better way then facilitating a coaching and officials clinic.

March 20th 2017
This will be a NCCP Level 1 course to introduce you to Table Tennis. How to learn the basics of the Sport and teach it in your community.

March 21st 2017
The Head Official for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games will be coming to host a club umpire course. Learn the basics of Table Tennis and the role of an umpire.

Anything else to get your ready for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games? This is definitely a great start!

Check out the POSTER as well and/or print and/or share it. Let’s get the excitement of the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games started!

Table Tennis at the Snowking Castle!!!

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Table Tennis will be featured at the Snowking Castle!!!

Come by on March 19th from 1-3pm and say “Hi”. Come out and have fun playing Table Tennis on Great Slave Lake, challenge your friends, family to a match of Table Tennis.

South Slave Table Tennis Tour

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Here we are again, another successful Table Tennis session on the South Slave Tour. We had 2 days at DJSS school in Hay River and another 2 days at Deninu School in Fort Resolution. We also did a night of Table Tennis with the Community in Hay River and one night with the community in Fort Resolution (about 12 people showed up). 

Kate Powell, Principal Deninu School Fort Resolution: “Our students from K-12 were fully engaged in all of the Table Tennis lessons. Thor and Steve delivered a dynamic program which developed skills in a fun way, incorporated lots of cardiovascular work and built towards being able to play a game. Often students do not want to engage in skill development, but the music, movement and drills kept everyone engaged 100% of the time. These lessons built a great foundation and introduction to the sport of Table Tennis. Fantastic facilitation!”

Steve Rowe, Aerobic Table Tennis: “My time in The North West Territories has got off to a great start, our visits to Hay River and Fort Resolution could not have gone any better. Smiling faces and everyone having fun taking part in Aerobic Table Tennis. It’s always great to see the kids keeping fit and learning about the great sport of table tennis. Table Tennis North is doing a fantastic job in NWT and i am so pleased to be part of it.”

Thorsten Gohl, Executive Director Table Tennis North: “A huge thank you to Peter Daniels from MACA in having us on the South Slave Youth Tour. We are very fortunate to have Steve and Aerobic Table Tennis back in the Northwest Territories. This is such a great introduction to our Sport, actually any sport really. Music, movement and a lot of smiles, what can go wrong!?”

Are you interested in Table Tennis in the Northwest Territories?