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The Academy has closed down!
Table Tennis Academy Townsville was closed down at a general meeting on the 11th of February 2014.
Contact Terry Dahl 0431099274 or 47723486 if you need more information.

Lance won our U15 junior championships!
Lance Howell won U15 singles at our Academy Closed Championships held at Belgian Gardens school Tuesday 25 November. Runner-Up was Helena Fon. Congratulations!
Lance also achieved the Gold Award for completing Level 4 skill test, and Luka Fon got his award for Level 1.

Academy Championships and AGM: New date!
We hope you have read our newsletter but there are changes to the dates of our Closed Championships and our annual general meeting. The school will be using the multipurpose hall on 2 December; so this means that we will try to finish everything next Tuesday, 25 November.
Here is the updated information:
Our Academy Closed Championships:
- U15 and younger singles will held at Belgian Gardens school Tuesday 25 November from 3.15 to 4.45 pm.
- the championships will be followed by a trophy ceremony and pizza for all (we must be finished by 5.15 pm).
Annual General meeting:
We welcome all the parents to our annual general meeting; it will be held after the trophy ceremony on Tuesday 25 November. Please inform Terry or Kaye Howell (Lance’s mother) if you are interested in sitting in the committee!
School holiday training:
We will start the New Year with a coaching clinic at Terry’s house 13, 14 and 15 January, early morning before it is getting too hot; from 8.30 to 10.30 am. Cost $10 per day. Please tell us if you are interested!
Next year – what shall we do?
We have to plan our table tennis course at Belgian Gardens School, and our other activities, for next year as soon as possible. So we would appreciate some information before our annual general meeting on Tuesday:
- Can you please tell us if your child will be playing on Tuesdays next year.
- Can you please tell us if your child will is interested in more coaching.
- Can you please tell us if your child is interested in playing Fixtures. If yes, what day will be best?
- Can you please tell us if your child is interested in more interclub activities in Townsville. If yes, what day will be best?
It would also be great if you could tell us if your child (children) is playing on Tuesday and will be able to stay later than normal - by replying this e-mail or informing Terry or Kaye as soon as possible!

Lance won U11 at Youth Tournament
Lance Howell won the U11 event at the Youth Tournament arranged by TTTA at the table tennis centre on Saturday 20 September. Lance was also the runner up at the U13 event, loosing to Lilly Bradshaw in the finals. Yijun Wang played in her first tournament (besides our own) and she did very well; winning several matches. Congratulations to Yijun and Lance!

Lance won Term 3 tournament - George runner-up
Lance Howell won the end of term 3 tournament at Belgian Gardens School on Tuesday 16 September, beating George Coleman in the finals. Lance beat Stan Scott in his semifinals, while George had a well played and exciting fight with Yijun Wang in his semifinals. Everybody did their best and there were many good matches - well done!
Stan and Helena Fon were awarded their certificates of achievement for passing the Level 1 skill test - congratulations!

Thursday Fixtures and Practise is now on!
We will start our Fixtures again, weekly games; in Terry's house 1 Howitt Street (at the corner Howitt and Warburton Street; the white Queenslander behind the bamboo).
It will be on every Thursday at 3.30 to 5.00 pm, usually with a bit of practising/coaching before we start the Fixture-matches.
We have two tables under Terry's house and use this as a temporary venue until we have enough interested players so that we can afford to rent another day at the school (or find another hall).
The cost is $4.00 per session - and you do not need to come every time.
If parents can stay that would also be helpful and you are responsible to bring and pick-up (as goes for the practising at the school on Tuesdays). If somebody have trouble taking the kids from the school to Terry's house on Thursdays, have a chat with Terry or Kaye Howell (Lance's mother) and might be we can help out.
Ring Terry 4773486 or mobile 0431099274 for more information.
We are also hoping to have some interclub activities in on Saturdays but this is not yet clear.

Lance played in Queensland Jr Championships
Lance Howell played well in the Queensland Junior Championships held in Brisbane from 9th to 11th of July. In the team events Lance played in the Presidents 1 team (a composite team) and he won two singles matches. His team ended up in 6th position after play-off. In the U13 doubles event Lance played with Michael Hooper from Gatton but they lost in first round in a very tight match. In U13 singles Lance was in a pool with the later winner Hayden Green from Bundaberg and quarterfinalist Youman Li from Gold Coast. Lance played well and had two close sets against Youman but "DJ" was too strong. Well done, Lance in your first Queensland juniors!
Olav Dahl, representing TTTA, got a bronze medal in U18 singles after beating second seed Matthew Pettett in the quarter finals.
83 players from a 14 clubs had found their way to Brisbane, and the number of U13 players was much larger that expected.

We are starting the course at Belgian Gardens School on Tuesday 22 July!
The time is from 3.15-4.15pm, the venue is the multipurpose hall.

Lance won U13 boys singles at Townsville Open!
The winners of Div 4 "Bundy Beauties" plus Jasmine and Cody.Lance Howell won the U13 Boys singles at the Townsville Open Championships held Monday 9 June. Runner-up was Cody Tiller. Jasmine Tiller was the runner up in the U13 Girls singles, she lost to Lily Bradshaw from Townsville Table Tennis Association. Lilly Brittain lost to Jasmine this time. All our four players did well in the extra-matches. Congratulations to Lance and the others - well done!
Norwegian veterans visited us
Tuesday 6th of May we had visit by two veteran players from Norway. They were on the way to the World Veteran Championships in New Zealand but stopped here to say hello to coach Terry and also have a friendly match against Townsville veterans. They came to our practising at Belgian Gardens School together with 7 non-playing visitors, also from Norway, and had a hit against out young players. Very good! Thank you so much to Svein Aaserud and Øivind Gundersen!

Cody and Lance with TTTA president Terry Morato.Lance won at the Youth Tournament
Our young players did very well in the Youth Tournament at the table centre Saturday 26 April. Lance Howell won his division with Cody Tiller as runner-up. Our new girl Saneeka was runner-up in another division, and Lilly Brittain and Jasmine Mahony also played well. Jasmine Tiller had injured her leg at school on Thursday and had to be a spectator this time. Picture: Cody and Lance with TTTA president Terry Morato.

The winners of Div 4 "Bundy Beauties" plus Jasmine and Cody. Cody and Jasmine played in
Rockhampton Open

Jasmine and Cody Tiller played in the Rockhampton Open Championships 18, 19 and 20 April. It was their first tournament outside Townsville, and they did well! Cody won one match during the team carnival and Jasmine won a set. Cody also won one match in the U13 boys event! Well done!

Olav at Rocky Open 2014.Olav won U18 boys singles in Rocky!
Olav Dahl did very well in the Rockhampton Open Championships 18, 19 and 20 April. He won U18 boys singles and 1700-rating singles. He was also runner up the Restricted Men Singles (for the players not seeded in the Open Singles) and reached the semi-finals in the U21 singles. During the team carnival Olav only lost three matches and beat higher ranked Matthew Pettett and Rayden Smith. (Olav is representing Townsville Table Tennis and is also a member the Academy).

Cody and Lance Lance won - Cody runner-up
Lance Howell won a friendly holiday competition for the youngest players at the table tennis centre on Saturday 12 April. Cody Tiller was the runner up and he and Lance showed very good skills in the finals! Jasmine Tiller and Lilly Brittain also played very well and they all had a good time. Next interclub event will be 26 April.

Lance won Term 1 tournament - Cody runner-up
Lance Howell won the end of term 1 tournament at Belgian Gardens School on Tuesday 1 April. Cody Tiller was the runner up. There were many good and close matches. Well done, everybody!
From ABC News:
Brain Tricks That Can Make You Smarter: Become a Ping Pong Champ
Take a cue from Forrest Gump and work on your table tennis game. Ping pong improves your hand-eye coordination and gives you a dose of brain-boosting social interaction, says Daniel Amen, M.D., a brain-imaging researcher and founder of Amen Clinics.
“When it comes to mental exercise, the really important thing is doing things that your brain doesn't know how to do,” says Dr. Amen. “If I just keep doing something that I already know how to do, it’s not that helpful. But learning different things is what really exercises your brain.”

Lance and Jasmine with medals and awards
Jasmine T, Lilly and Jasmine M, with Terry
Our girls did well Women's Day
Lilly and the two Jasmines played in the International Women's Day Tournament held in Townsville on the 8 March - and they did well. It was the first tournament for our girls and they all won matches! Jasmine Tiller and Jasmine Mahony made it all the way to the semi-finals and were here both close to reach the finals. Lilly Brittain was also very close to reach the semi-finals from her pool.
Well done girls!
The two Jasmines played it off for the bronze medal - and it was won by Jasmine M. It was 10 girls playing in the cadet girls division.

Olav on the TV-news!
Olav was featured on the sports-news on WIN TV Thursday 14 February – in connection with his trip to Korea; interview and practising with me.
We are starting the course at Belgian Gardens School on Tuesday 4 February!
The time is from 3.15-4.15pm, the venue is the multipurpose hall.

Lance and Jasmine with medals and awards
Lance and Jasmine
Lance won gold and silver
Also this year we combined the Academy Championships with the end of Term 4 tournament at Belgian Gardens School.
    The junior event was played at the school in a round robin format on Tuesday 26 November and Tuesday 3 December - with many exciting and good matches. Lance Howell showed good form and went through the event without a loss. Jasmine Mahony surprised the boys with her fighting spirit and only lost to Lance. The winner and runner-up got their gold and silver medal after the completion of the matches.
    The Open event was held in Terry's house on Thursday 28 and Thursday 5 December. Olav Dahl again showed that he still is too good for the other juniors and had no problems in winning the gold medal. Lance Howell only lost to Olav. The Open event was followed by a medal ceremony and a sausage sizzle.
    Thanks to the players and their parent for this year - and welcome back when the school starts in the New Year!

Open Singles: Winner: Olav Dahl. Runner Up: Lance Howell
Junior Boys/Girls: Winner: Lance Howell. Runner Up: Jasmine Mahony.

Cody and Lance
Cody and Lance
Our kids did well at the Belgian
Gardens school
Lance Howell won the grade 1-4 event and made it all the way to the finals in grade 5-7 knock-out event. Cody Tiller was the runner up in the grade 1-4 category and Seth Mahony made it to the semi-finals.
Grade 5-7 was won by former member Dillon Navin. He beat Lance 12-10 in an exiting grand final. Aiesha Forest made it to the semi-finals.
More than 100 kids had entered their names to play in the championships!

The kids also played team-matches against the teachers.
Lance runner-up at the table tennis centre
Lance Howell was allowed to play in the U13 junior fixtures at the city's table tennis centre on Saturday 21 September and he did very well. After winning all three matches 3-0 in his pool he progressed to the semi-finals, where he also won his match 3-0. In the finals he met Tian Gunby, who was the top-seed and also undefeated. Even if Lance fought back after a 0-2 start and made it 2-2 he lost the final set. But to be runner-up on his first try was a very good result for Lance! Congratulations!

Lance won Term 3 tournament - Elliot runner-up
Term 3 players
Lance Howell did it again - he won the end of term 3 tournament at Belgian Gardens School on Tuesday 17 September. Elliot Cummins was one more time the runner up but he had a tough fight with Cody Tiller in the semi-finals! Lance beat Seth Mahony in his semi -finals. There were many good matches and some surprises. Well done everybody!

Olav won silver and bronze in New Zealand
Olav won a silver medal inn the cadet doubles (U15 yrs) in New Zealand Open Junior Table Tennis Championships held in Auckland 17-21 july 2013. In the team events he won a bronze medal, playing for Manawatu since he was the only player from Queensland. The championships had attracted 197 players from several countries. Well done, Olav!

Olav won bronze in U18-singles in the Queensland Junior Championships!
Olav Dahl won the bronze medal in U18 boys singles in Queensland Junior championships held in Brisbane from 22-25 of June. To reach the semi finals in the main junior event was a great achievement for Olav who only is 15 years old and has been struggling with health issues most of the year!
Olav also won bronze in the U15 boys doubles with Ben Lander from Brisbane. He was also awarded number 1 in the Order of Merit after the team-matches (Olav represented Townsville Table Tennis Association in the Championships and Olav only lost one match out of 16), and was selected to the Queensland U15 boys team to the Australian Junior Championships in Melbourne from 28 September to 5 of October.

Lance won our end of Term 2 tournament
Lance Howell won the end of term 2 tournament on Tuesday 11 June. Elliot Cummins was one more time the runner up. The players at the Belgian Gardens School showed that they have improved their skills again!
Olav won U18 in Townsville Open
Olav Dahl won the boy's junior singles title (U18) in the Townsville Open Championships held 8-10 June. Olav also won 1500 rating singles, got to the semifinals in the 1700 rating singles and to the quarterfinals in Mens Open singles! A very good effort, so congratulations to Olav!

Brisbane Open: Olav did well
Olav Dahl, now 15, was sick the day before the Brisbane Open 18-19 May 2013 but managed to travel and did well. He did not win any titles but had wins against higher rated senior-players in the graded events. In U15 boys singles Olav got to the semifinals but lost to Blake Webster from Rockhampton, who was top seeded in this event. In U18 boys singles Olav lost in the quarterfinals to Ben Houghton who won the event. Several of the young players have again improved their playing standards so the Queensland Junior Championships at the end of June will be exiting!

Lance in MackayLance played in Mackay
Lance Howell has played his first tournament outside Townsville. He played in the Mackay Open, held 30 March to 1 April. Lance played in U13, in a pool of 5 players, and he won two matches. Well, done, Lance! He also played junior doubles and U900 rating singles.
Coach Terry and Olav was supposed to travel to Mackay but Olav is still having problems with his joints and they had to stay at home.

Lance won our tournament
Lance Howell won the end of term 1 tournament on Tuesday 16 March. Elliot Cummins was the runner up. There were many good matches; the players showed that they have improved their skills!
Awards were handed out to Cody Tiller and Angus Taylor; both had successfully completed their Level 1 table tennis skills test.

 Olav.with  the junior singles trophy.Olav won gold in Fiji - again!
Olav Dahl defended his boy's junior singles title (U18) in the Fiji Open Championships held in the capital Suva 10-13 January. He beat Young Jun Park from Fiji in the finals. Olav also won boy's U18 doubles (with Vincent Wu, Fiji) and U21 boys singles - beating Fiji's number one Chris Lal in the finals.
   Terry Dahl, our coach, president and also Olav's dad conducted 2 1/2 days of international training before the championships.
Articles in Fiji Times - click here,
here and here.

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