Table tennis – a sport for everybody to enjoy

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Dunedin’s table tennis clubs are up and running again for the year, giving social and competitive players the opportunity to hone their skills.
Otago Table Tennis Association vice-president and 38mm Table Tennis Club member Ben Duffy said the fast-moving sport of table tennis could be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels.
“Table tennis is great fun, and it is a sport that you can play throughout your life,” Duffy said.
“It is also a fantastic sport for families to play.”
Although the Interclub season does not start until late April, Dunedin’s table tennis clubs were already well under way for the year, he said.
Club nights gave players the chance to hone their skills with guidance from coaches and experienced players, have fun and improve their fitness. It was up to the players whether they wanted to play competitively or socially for fun, Duffy said.
Table tennis was growing in popularity, with about 120 people playing Interclub games each week. Interest was also high among schools, he said.
The Otago Table Tennis Association has four table tennis clubs in Dunedin, which welcome players of a variety of skill levels.
The 38mm Table Tennis Club meets on Thursdays, from 6pm at the Kaikorai Valley College gymnasium.
The Dunedin Metro Table Tennis Club meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6.30pm, at Bayfield High School gymnasium.
The North East Valley Table Tennis Club meets on Wednesdays from 6.30pm at Dunedin North Intermediate School hall.
The Harbour Table Tennis Club meets on Wednesday nights from 7.30pm at the Harbour Rugby Clubrooms, Watson Park, Port Chalmers.
For more information on Dunedin’s clubs and contact details, visit the Otago Table Tennis Association website www.otta.org.nz