Archived News - 2013
2013/07/27 2013 Vancouver Island Championships
2013/07/20 VITTA League Div 2 - Victoria 'E' Remain
2013/07/17 Saga Of The Plastic Ball Continues
The ITTF have announced an update on the progress of plastic balls that are set to replace celluloid balls next year. Although there have been some issues with the development of a seamless ball and ‘with seam’ ball, it has been assured that the changes are still on course to take place on July 1st 2014.
2013/07/16 This Is Table Tennis
View a new promotional video (1:51) from the ITTF.
2013/07/15 VITTA League
Led by an undefeated Michael Poplawski, Victoria C had a lop-sided win over Cowichan Smash 10-2 in a Division 2 match-up played in Duncan yesterday. As a result Victoria C have vaulted to the top of their division with an unbeaten record and Michael has moved to the top of the 'most improved player' award standings.
Later in the day, in Nanaimo, a Division 1 match-up between Nanaimo B's and the Victorians resulted in a 8-4 victory for the home side.
Individual results, league tables and player stats can be found here.
2013/07/12 Three Superpowers Table Tennis Gives You
Just when you thought those hours of training weren't paying off as much as you'd hoped, you find out that table tennis is secretly turning you superhuman. Read more.
2013/07/09 Eugene Wang Wins US Open
Eugene Wang of Canada emerged as the surprise winner of the 2013 US Open, played last week in Las Vegas. Wang eliminated, in straight games, the favorite for the title, Jens Lundquist of Sweden, in the semi-finals. More here, including a highlight video of the final.
2013/07/06 VITTA League Div 2 - Victoria 'D' On Top
Behind the undefeated play of Francis van den Dam and Robert Gao, Victoria 'D' scored an impressive win over Cowichan Storm, 10-2, in a Division 2 match-up played today in Duncan. The win vaulted them to the top of the league. Robert also moved to the top of the 'Most Improved Player' award standings. Individual results, league tables and player stats can be found here.
2013/06/30 VITTA League Div 2 - Campbell River Teams On A Roll
Campbell River 'B' evened their league record with an 8-4 win over Victoria D in a Division 2 match-up played today in sweltering conditions in Nanaimo. Individual results, league tables and player stats can be found here.
2013/06/23 VITTA League Div 1 - Campbell River 'A' Win
Led by an undefeated Axel Nagorny, Campbell River 'A' rolled over Nanaimo B's 9-3 in a Division 1 match-up today in Nanaimo. Individual results, league tables and player stats can be found here.
2013/06/15 Building Blocks
All that these children in Northern China's Shanxi Province needed to play table tennis was a ball and their love of the game. The rest was improvisation: bricks, a concrete slab and, for paddles, cardboard.
Photo credit: Bai Gang/Reuters
2013/06/14 2013 Seniors Championships - New Images
New images of the 2013 Vancouver Island Seniors Championships are now available here, courtesy Heide Dobbie.
2013/06/08 VITTA League - Victoria C Roll On
Behind the undefeated play of Andreas David, Victoria C defeated Cowichan Storm 10-2 in a Division 2 match-up today in Duncan. Individual results, league tables and player stats can be found here.
2013/06/06 2013 Seniors Championships - Videos
Thanks to Allan Eugenio here is a link to videos of 3 matches at the 2013 Vancouver Island Seniors Championships - the Men's Doubles final, a Mixed Doubles semi-final & the Mixed Doubles final.
2013/06/04 Gilbert Thom 1921 - 2013
Sadly we report a loss in our table tennis family. Henry Gilbert Thom passed away peacefully at his home in Duncan on May 18th, 2013. An avid player well known and liked in the table tennis community he won many gold and silver medals competing for over 10 years in the BC Seniors Games. A 'Celebration of Life' will be held on June 20th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Cowichan Golf Club in Duncan.
2013/06/03 Seniors Championships
A record number of participants filled the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre in Victoria for the 2013 Vancouver Island Seniors Championships which were completed yesterday in a wonderful atmosphere of competitive friendliness. Winners of multiple events were: Ruili Yin (Victoria) [Women's Singles(U65), Women's Doubles (with Sue Jiang) and Mixed Doubles (with Carlos Wong)]; Axel Nagorny (Cortes Island) [Men's Singles (U65) and Men's Doubles (with Wally Lawrence)]; Wally Lawrence (Nanaimo) [Men's Singles (66+) and Men's Doubles]. Full results, including individual match scores, available here. Images courtesy Allan Eugenio here.
Thanks, once again, to Alvin Ng (Vancouver) & Frank Enns (Duncan) who ran the control desk with their usual efficiency and contribute so much each year to the success of our tournaments.
2013/05/28 New Plastic Ball - Conflict of Interest?
2013/05/26 VITTA League Div 1 - 'Victorians' Continue Winning Record
Dave Walts went unbeaten to help his 'Victorians' roll over 'Victoria Penholders' 10-2 in a Division 1 match played yesterday at Henderson Recreation Centre. Individual results, league tables and player stats can be found here.
2013/05/25 VITTA League Div 2 - Victoria E Opens With A Convincing Win
Behind the flawless play of Captain Mike Hughes, Victoria E get off to a great start in their first league match ever, played today in Duncan against Cowichan Smash, winning 9-3. Individual results, league tables and player stats can be found here.
2013/05/19 VITTA League Div 1 - Victoria B Overpower Nanaimo B's
With a flawless display Victoria B overpowered Nanaimo B's 12-0 in a Division 1 match-up today in Nanaimo. Individual results, league tables and player stats can be found here.
2013/05/19 Table Tennis Table Wanted
Wanted - a good quality used table tennis table. Please contact: Martin Pariseau 250.416.1606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013/05/16 Follow The 2013 World Table Tennis Championships
From Paris, May 13-20, here's the ITTF World Championships page, where you can follow all the action - results, live scoring, articles, videos, pictures, etc. China looks to dominate, again - no players from North America remain in the draw.
2013/05/10 Canadian Wins Commonwealth Title
Zhang Mo added to her trophy collection today by winning the Women�s Singles title at the Commonwealth Championships in New Delhi. It is the first time in the 42 year history of the tournament the Women�s Singles event has been won by a Canadian. Read more.
2013/05/05 VITTA League Div 1 - 'Victorians' Roll Over 'Attack'
The 'Victorians' continue their winning ways in a Division 1 match today against a Nanaimo 'Attack' team missing some key players. Individual results, league tables and player stats can be found here.
2013/05/04 VITTA League Div 2 - Victoria Teams Look Strong
A Division 2 match played today in Duncan gave the visiting Victoria D a victory, 9-3, over hosts Cowichan Storm. The visitors were led by Robert Gao, who went undefeated and has now vaulted to the top of the 'Most Improved Player' award standings. Individual results, league tables and player stats can be found here.
2013/04/28 2013 VITTA League Div 2 Season Opener
Division 2 of the 2013 VITTA League got underway today in Nanaimo with a lop-sided victory by Victoria C, led by a flawless display from Andreas David, over Campbell River B (10-2). Individual results, league tables and player stats can be found here.
2013/04/25 The New Plastic Poly Ball
Here's the ITTF's report on the new ball. It's 32 pages and seems pretty comprehensive with lots of scientific-looking studies. One conclusion is that the new poly ball plays differently than the current one!
2013/04/23 2013 ITTF North America Cup
British Columbia's Andr?Ho won the Men�s title at the ITTF-North American Cup in New York on Sunday 21st April 2013. Full report here.
2013/04/21 2013 VITTA League Season Opener
The 2013 VITTA League started with an upset as the Victorians beat Campbell River A (8-4) in a Division 1 match-up played today in Nanaimo. Individual results, league tables and player stats here.
2013/03/18 Table Tennis: The World's Best Brain Sport
Here's an article about the health benefits of table tennis.
2013/03/14 VITTA League Schedule
For 2013 the VITTA League will have two 6-team divisions which means each team will play 5 matches - the league schedule has now been posted here. Matches will be played in Victoria, Duncan and Nanaimo and spectators are welcome. Check the calendar for confirmed up-coming matches.
2013/03/01 Table Tennis Is "Trending."
Here's an article and video (1:42) on how table tennis is "trending".
2013/02/24 The Beauty Of Table Tennis
2013/02/18 The Ping-Pong Player Who Changed The World
A man who with a simple gesture of friendliness toward a stranger sparked a change in the course of world history has died in China. No, he was not a political leader or a diplomat. He was just a table tennis player. His name was Zhuang Zedong. Read the whole story here.
2013/02/13 2013 Friendship Trophy
As we approach International Women's Day, the ITTF Women's Development Program would like to invite you to organize a Friendship Trophy in your club or association. What is the Friendship Trophy? An event organized to help promote the participation of women and girls in table tennis. Each organizer can create a unique format to best celebrate the contribution of women and girls in table tennis. Your Friendship Trophy can be organized jointly with another event already on your calendar. Who can participate: women and girls of all ages; male participation is also encouraged! When: anytime during the month of March 2013.
2013/02/12 Islanders Successfully Defend Titles in Sierra Vista, Arizona
Congratulations to Chemainus residents Claudia McLean & Ken Holman who successfully defended their open doubles championship in the 2013 Sierra Vista Open, played on February 9th. Ken also successfully defended his singles championship. Full details (and image) in this article from the Sierra Vista Herald.
2013/02/01 Fastest Serve Ever In SloMo
Be sure to watch this amazing (and illegal - not tossed 6") serve from both angles.
2013/01/26 Island Success In Tucson, Arizona
Claudia McLean (Chemainus - 2nd from left in image) competed in three events in the Tucson Senior Games, January 25th, and came away with 2 Gold (Women's Singles & Women's Doubles) and 1 Silver (Mixed Doubles). She may have won the Mixed Doubles Gold if her usual partner (Ken Holman) had not been running the tournament for the City of Tucson and was unable to play!
2013/01/19 Club Umpire Certification Seminar
The BCTTA is offering a Club Umpire certification seminar on Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Bridgeport Sports Club, Richmond. Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Cost: $25 (BCTTA member), $30 (non-BCTTA member). Registration deadline: May 20, 2013. For more information contact the BCTTA office: 604.333.3655 or email.
2013/01/09 "Ping Pong" Documentary
The 2012 UK documentary which profiles eight players with a combined age of 703 as they prepare for the World over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia, that we profiled with a teaser trailer on May 3rd, 2012 (see Archived News - 2012), will be showing at the Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street, Victoria on February 5th at 7:00 pm - $10.00. More information here.
2013/01/07 Robot For Sale
From Stephen Wylie (Victoria): "I am in the process of selling my TTMatic 500B table tennis robot, that has been unused for a few years now. I bought the robot in the fall of 2008 - it was a used demo model that cost me $2600, plus tax. The robot comes with a backup set of foam wheels (used), and the extra long extension cord, so you can put the controller on the table right by the net. There is/was some minor damage that I repaired, and one of the springs to feed the balls into the hopper is missing, and probably available from TTMatic. They offer support/parts and consumables, like the wheels. The net is in great shape. Despite it's age, it's only seen minor usage, and I think it's in pretty good condition. I am hoping to sell it for $2000, or best offer."
For more information and images contact Stephen at: email@example.com.
2013/01/06 World Championship of Ping Pong
Using traditional sandpaper hardbats, the World Championship of Ping Pong, a 2-day tournament with a $100,000 prize fund taking place in London, January 5 & 6, is a throwback to the early days of table tennis. With $20,000 handed to the winner and 19 nations represented (no Canadians!), spectators can expect a fierce competition. With each competitor using specially commissioned traditional sandpaper hardbats rather than the sponge bats used in regular table tennis, the tournament will be more about skill, power and accuracy than spin. Follow the action here and watch for it coming to your TV screen soon. How about a hardbat tournament of our own on the Island?
2013/01/05 Rules Of The Game: Serving Order In Doubles
There is often confusion as to who should be serving/receiving in the second and subsequent games of a doubles match. For each game the serving side always has the right to choose the server; the receiver being the player that previously served to the chosen server. In the last possible game of a doubles match the pair due to receive next shall change their order of receiving when one pair reaches 5 points. A link to the latest ITTF rules can be found here.
2013/01/04 Video Reviews Of The New Plastic Ball
Two of three video reviews of the new plastic ball, scheduled to be introduced in 2014, have now been posted at OOAK Reviews: part 1, "Why the change and a comparison of their physical appearance" and part 2 "High speed filming of tests to compare relative rebound speed, bounce and spin." Here's the link to both videos.