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HAVE TABLE WILL TRAVEL

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Our Board member in charge of Marketing and Communications, Thorsten Gohl, visited my office in Ottawa to help TTCAN with its communications system.

While in Ottawa, Thorsten took over my office and worked intensely to prepare and propose plans to enhance our communications system and strategies, reactivate our website, and revive our social media platforms.

This is a huge task, but Thorsten is already active and has a 3-point ambitious plan that will see a total redesign of our website and enhanced branding of TTCAN to improve its image and engage our fans, players and table tennis lovers across the country.

During his stay in Ottawa, Thorsten not only played TT every night, he also produced videos of several interviews that will be posted on TTCAN’s platforms very soon. Look out for an interview with Curtis Caron, Stephane Charbonneau and Michel Legault. And if you want to know what is inside Thorsten’s head, other than a mini ping pong table, then look out for his interview as well.

Thorsten drives thousands of miles across Canada in his Table Tennis North Ford pick-up truck, equipped with a mini ping pong table, rackets and balls. Wherever he stops he plays with locals outdoor on the mini table. I was privileged to be asked to play yesterday in the Ottawa heat and hair-raising wind. I look forward to viewing the video.

I have dubbed this part of Thorsten’s promotion of our sport “Have Table Will Travel”. Those who are my age or older will remember the very popular western TV series “Have Gun Will Travel”. Thorsten is a peaceful man, so the mini table replaces the gun. “Stop the Bang Bang, start the Ping Pong” . I hope that we will have a section on our website showing photos of all those that have played on the mini table from all corners of our vast country and during all seasons.

Well, after one week it was time for me to kick Thorsten out of my office. I could only do it by punching him repeatedly. With each punch, his smile got wider. A real dedicated volunteer of our sport.

Thank you Thorsten and keep on trucking, literally.

Shannan

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What a nice article in the Dehcho school newspaper, about 2019 Canada Winter Games – Red Deer Team NT Table Tennis athlete Shannan from Deh Gáh School in Fort Providence.

Player of the Year

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Congratulations to Zachary Mathison for becoming Table Tennis North’s 2018 Player of the Year.

The young, 9 years old, Zachary had a fantastic year in 2018. Qualifying for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games and winning all Territorial titles that he participated in. This included the Grade 8 singles event and the High School doubles tournament.

Coming together …

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It was a fantastic trip for Team NT to the Yukon. An amazing start to work on inter-territorial events in the future, #TrueNorth.

Headcoach Thor (Team NT) and Kevin (Team Yukon)

It is all about coming together, being stronger together, creating opportunities and possibilities. So great to see Team Yukon Table Tennis and Team NT Table Tennis building bridges, creating partnerships and making our sport stronger.
It is all about coming together, being stronger together, creating opportunities and possibilities. So great to see Team Yukon Table Tennis and Team NT Table Tennis building bridges, creating partnerships and making our sport stronger.

Beautiful media articles

https://www.whitehorsestar.com/Sports/yukon-and-n-w-t-train-for-table-tennis?fbclid=IwAR1N06Qm7zLY5H6WuexD5L4mEHFr-8DN0haAz3HY52Z3qqR0_MHutm6u22g

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Territorial Umpire

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Congratulations to Shari Olsen from Fort Smith in becoming a Territorial Umpire for the Northwest Territories in Table Tennis.

“I am always up for a challenge and trying new things. Table Tennis is a growing sport in the North and it seems to be the right fit. It was a great weekend and having some insight and directions from an international and experienced Canada Winter Games official was fantastic. Brian and Team Yukon were great and I am very thankful for their support.”

Shari only started with Table Tennis in 2018 but quickly learned about the sport. She officiated the Canada Games trials, the NWT School Championships and the “North of 60” challenge in Whitehorse, Yukon. Having done 100 matches in such short time, she is definitely going to be ready to umpire at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer this February.

“We are very proud of Shari” says Executive Director for Table Tennis North Thorsten Gohl. He continuous “She is involved in so many things in the North and we are grateful having her. She has done a lot of matches in such a short time and it was so great to see all the support that she got from our athletes, coaches, teachers, parents and more. Everyone seemed to be helping out, and at the end, Shari did an amazing job.”

Brian Stewart from Team Yukon, an international umpire, had more great things to say: “Shari is a perfect example of what a new umpire should be; she listened to hours of rules and stories, she jumped right into officiating singles and doubles matches, and in a just a day she passed her exam with flying colours! I am very proud to have been part of her development and I can’t wait to meet up with her again in Red Deer this February and then again to have her come to Whitehorse in 2020. As the only active official north of 60 for many years, I find it very exciting to have “co-workers” who understand the challenges northern officials for Table Tennis have. With such a strong addition to the northern contingent of officials, hopefully we can open up more opportunities for us in the north.”

The Table Tennis event at the 2019 Canada Winter Games will be hosted in Red Deer, Alberta, from February 15-22, 2019.

https://ttcanada.ca/northwest-territories-adds-new-territorial-umpire/

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