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U13 in Mackay Open
U13 boy's singles in Mackay Open on May 21-22. 10 year old Hayden
Green from Rockhampton played very well in the finals but Olav was
too strong and won 4-1. Olav got to the semi-finals in U15 singles
but lost to Enoch Pun, also from Rockhampton. Olav's former U13 doubles
partner Raydon Smith, won the finals against his club-mate. Olav got
his revenge later in the tournament when he beat both Enoch and Raydon,
and got to to semi-finals in both B-grade and A-grade, and also B-grade
doubles with Aaron Dawes from Townsville TTA.
Olav was the only player participating from our
Academy and we hope that some of the Belgian Gardens kids soon will
join him to tournaments!
won gold in the school championships
Olav played for
Pimlico in the 8-9 grade in the school championships held in Townsville
Saturday 14 May. He won all his matches and secured Pimlico the gold
Jack and Dillon played in a team for Belgian Gardens School and they
did very well even if they did not get a medal. The primary school
team's competition was very tough and the winners Vincent just barely
managed to beat our two boys - with exciting five sets matches!
the newspaper - again:
Table tennis: junior mixes with the big boys
OLAV Dahl was the
youngest player to compete in this year's Queensland Senior Table
Tennis Championships held in Townsville recently.
At just 13, Dahl mixed it with the big bloke's - while he didn't finish
with a medal he admitted he was happy with how he played.
The Townsville Table Tennis Academy player played in the combined
presidents team which saw all the teams play each other in five sets
up to 11.
Dahl's team lost to gold winners Brisbane, and also Cairns, and Townsville
A and B, however it won against the Sunshine Coast, Gatton and a composite
team from Rockhampton/Townsville.
" I wish I could have played my best in our two last team matches,
but on Sunday afternoon I got an injury to my right shoulder,"
he said. Dahl won one match in the team matches and also won sets
against top players, among them Brisbane number two player Ben Costin.
The teenager gained a lot of experience playing against the older
players and is expected to only improve from here.
Dahl's next competitions will be in the Mackay Open, Brisbane Open,
Townsville Open and Queensland Junior Championships.
He is hopeful this year could see him selected in the Queensland side
to compete at the Australian Junior Championships.
(In the Junior Sports section, The Bulletin 10 May 2011)
played well in the Queensland Senior
Olav against Queensland no 2; Max Wellington
Our promising junior Olav Dahl, just turned 13 years old, played for
the Academy in the Queensland Senior Championships. The tournament
was held in Townsville and Olav was the youngest player taking part.
He played in the Presidents team together with two other Townsville
players and they won three team matches; Against Sunshine Coast,
Gatton and a composite Rockampton/Townsville team. Olavs team
lost to winner Brisbane, Cairns, and Townsville 1&2. Unfortunately
Olav got an injury to his shoulder in the third last team match and
was unable to play his best for the rest of the tournament.
During the team matches he beat one player from Rockhampton and also
won sets of top players. Olav did very well in his first senior championships
and when recovered from the injury he will use the experience of all
the tough matching to improve his skills further!
course at the school finished - with
12 April was the last table tennis day in school term one for our
beginners at Belgian Gardens School. We had a tournament the whole
session and everybody showed how much they have improved!
We welcome everybody back again after the holidays!
Grade 6-7 Boys : Winner: Robert Bryan-Crawford. Runner-up: Jack Navin.
Third: Dillon Navin.
Grade 6-7 Girls: Winner: Diya Patel. Runner- up:
Sophie Woodford. Third: Bethany Webber.
Grade 4-5 Boys: Winner: Dillon Navin.
Grade 2-3 Boys: Winner: Het Patel. Runner-Up: Kanishka Agnihotri 3.
with awards and first prize.
with first prize.
Het with first prize.
tournament: - Exciting matches in U13!
first tournament was held on Sunday 6 March and our beginners had
great fun and played some really tough and exciting matches! Riley
Williams was the winner after the U13 round robin matches and he beat
the runner-up Jack Navin 14-12 in the fifth, deciding set!
- It was great to see that they had such fun matches,
but I must say it was a pity that we did not get more players entering
our tournament, says president Terry Dahl, - We had invited other
associations in addition to our own beginners, and this was especially
a good opportunity for kids to play in a tournament. Other players
too, of course!
1. Riley Williams, 2. Jack Navin, 3. Robert Bryan-Crawford, 4. Dillon
Top beginner's squad but we can take in more!
- We are
very happy with our beginners squad, they are a top gang, but we still
have room for more kids, says Terry Dahl.
11 kids from Belgian Gardens School, from grade
2 to 7, have so far joined our very first beginners course. They are
doing very well, and have already tried to play matches! New kid are
welcome at any time, and only pay for the sessions left our the first
course. A second course will the follow! (Click
on the picture to see it larger!)
won the first Stockland Challenge 3-0!
Paul beat the Adventist team 3-0. We had invited Townsville TTA to
play a challenge match against us at Stockland shopping centre but
they declined. David Stojcic and Callum White were sporty enough to
form a team and the match started at 6.30 yesterday (Thursday, February
24). Olav Dahl was first out against Callum, and even if Callum had
several set points, Olav managed to pull off a 2-0 win. Paul Jones
won his first set against David but the defensive player fought back
and took the second. Paul then won the deciding set without too many
problems. Paul and Olav were very solid in the doubles match and won
2-0. A 3-0 win to the Academy in our first ever team match!
and Olav with the trophy
Even if the result of match was decided Olav also played his match
against David and won 2-1, while Paul beat Callum 2-0. It was surprisingly
few shoppers passing by the centre stage this Thursday night but at
periods quite a number of those passing stopped to watch and cheer
for the players.
been on the radio for the first time! Wildy from the local radio-station
Zinc made an interview with Terry on the phone a few hours before
our challenge match at Stockland. It was about the event - and Terry
explained where and when plus a bit about the Academy-players.
We have invited the following associations to an interclub event on
Sunday 6 March 2011, to be held in Belgian Gardens State School's
multi-purpose hall, Townsville: Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton.
challenged a team from Townsville Table Tennis Association to play
against us in front of the centre-stage at Stockland shopping centre.
The first match will be at Thursday February 24, the
next at March 3. Both days the matches will start at 6.30pm.
will be a two player format where our junior player will
a junior from TTTA, then a senior
from each team will
play each other and finally it will be doubles.
players: Olav Dahl, Queensland U13 doubles champion and Paul Jones,
the reigning Townsville champion.
the newspaper - again!
in the media again. This time in the weekly free newspaper Sun, on
for table tennis in city
TABLE tennis is lifting its profile in Townsville.
Founder and coach of the recently established Table
Tennis Academy Townsville Terry Dahl, has made it his personal goal
to reform one of the - what he believes - greatest sports in the city.
"We need more and better competitions in our
area if the sport is to prosper and our talents improve their standards,"
Dahl, a former Norwegian national coach, has been
living in Townsville for more than five years and he believes it is
time to step up the activities.
"Townsville has had many promising talents
but it seems difficult for them to step up to the senior elite,"
"They need to play competitive table tennis
at a high level on a regular basis and it has been hard to do that
when you live in Townsville.
"There is only one proper tournament in Townsville
in a year, and the best senior players in Australia are living in
New South Wales and Victoria where there are more activities and competitions
for the better players.
"This was one of the reasons for establishing
an academy in the city as it is too expensive to travel down south
all the time to play in tournaments - so we need more competition
There are presently two clubs in the city which
will play each other on a competitive level throughout the year.
Dahl's 12-year-old son is also a promising table
tennis player, and one of the other reasons that a table tennis academy
is under way.
Olav Dahl recently received an award as the most
improved junior player in Townsville.
He also won the U13 doubles title in the Queensland
Junior Championships in Rockhampton this year and represented Queensland
in the Australian Junior Championships.
"I did not get any medals this time but I did
all right," Olav said.
He is aiming to improve his ranking with the promise
of better training.
The academy is starting up a beginner's course for
kids at Belgian Garden State School and also plans on holding junior
fixtures, coaching clinics and tournaments.
(Picture: FORMER Norwegian national table tennis
coach, Terry Dahl, and his son and talented young player, Olav.)
are in the newspaper!
February 8, 2011 was the day: You could read about us in the newspaper!
The Bulletin started a special insert called Youth In Print, and we
had two items: One about our association and one about our promising
junior player Olav Dahl. Super! Take a look:
New club in town
TOWNSVILLE has welcomed a new table tennis association to the city.
Table Tennis Academy Townsville is the new centre's name ands the
founderes are hoping to see the new association will allow people
to see table tennis as a sport and not just a hobby.
Cyclone Yasi's impact has forced a beginners' course and trials to
According to the club president Terry Dahl the aim of the club is
to provide more ands better competitions in the city.
The club is planning activities which will include tournaments and
league for teams at their club house along with proper coaching squads
and clinics for any budding Olympians.
Dahl said they had already started coaching squads and clinics with
boot camps down on The Strand every Tuesday and Thursdays meeting
at the Rockpool at 5.30pm. For more information about the new club
contact Terry on 47723486, 0431099274 or look them up on Facebook.
beginners' course is also in the
calendar on the Community Connect pages, so we are getting into the
Sport/club: Table Tennis Academy Townsville
School: Pimlico High School
Why do you play table tennis and how did you get started in the
sport? It's fun and I enjoy playing it. I first started playing
when it rained too much on the Christmas holidays three years ago.
I couldn't play tennis outside so I went over to play table tennis.
How often do you train and what does your trining involve?
I train five days a week and also do systematic exercises at the
table plus fitnmess training.
Favourite moment since you started the sport?
It would probably be when I was selected to represent Queensland
at the Australian Junior Championships.
List some of your success?
Queensland champion U13 boys doubles, silver U13 boy's teams Queensland,
selected Most Improved Junior 2010 in Townsville.
Who do you look up to in the sport and why?
Ma Lin, the Chinese world champion because he is quick, awesome
and has a lot of skill.
What is your ultimate goal in table tennis?
Play in the Olympics.
course is now on every Tuesday 3.30-4.30. Kids are welcome even if
they could not make it the first time - and the fee will be reduced.
We have also started coaching for experienced players on Thursdays
from 6.30-8.30. Non-members are welcome!
cancelled due to cyclone
the treath of cyclone Yasi we had to cancel the first day of our beginners
course - the school was closed down, no activites allowed. We'll try
again next Tuesday, February 8!
beginners' course starts Tuesday February 1
were finally given the ok from Belgian Gardens School to start our
beginners' course so we are now rushing to get everything organized
with equipment and so on. All students are welcome!
a come-and- try day for the students at Belgian Gardens School on
Tuesday but the turn-out was disappointing.
It was only three boys who found their way to the
multi-purpose hall. Terry had a chat with their parents and they belied
that hardy anybody knew bout it - that no information had gone out
to the students.
- We had a table tennis demonstration just before
the holidays but just a few students knew about that one as well,
- We handed out some flyers during the demonstration
and I hang up a few posters before the come-and-try day started but
that was not enough.
The problem has been that the paperwork required
to establish the Academy took longer time than thought, because of
the holidays and because the QTT-office in Brisbane was flooded. And
also because the P&C committee at Belgian Gardens school had to
give their approval two times, first verbally and later on in writing.
- We have had an unlucky start but we hope that
our beginners' class on next Tuesday, February 1, will be more positive.
Information to all the students shall now be out, I made a flyer,
got 550 copies printed out in and sorted them for the different classes
and grades. I have also send press releases to the radio stations
and newspapers, so hopefully the information part will make more kids
me Terry - how do I become a good table tennis player?"
We should do this every time!
after our very first Booth Camp on the Strand, and all the three younger
participants got awards for their effort.
Olav and me have been eating too many Christmas lollies, and decided
that we should try to get into a bit of pre-season physical training.
Nothing drastic, just a bit of jogging and swimming. So if you want
to joins us Tuesdays and Thursdays for a pre-season "Boot Camp"
until the school starts at the end of the month, please do!
We need money to
equipment and uniforms, we need trophies to competitions. We can offer
advertising on uniforms and all printed and electronic media. Send
an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or ring Terry Dahl: 7-47723486/0431099274
Action Plan is in place!
18 December 2010
An action plan with goals and actions is now in place. Under the short
term planning, for December 2010 and January 2011, we will find among
other items: Meeting with Sport and Recreation Officer and Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Officer shall be held, the club shall be
established with a small management committee and one shall find temporary
venue(s) for fixtures, competitions, series and practising.
The Table Tennis Academy
Townsville is under way!
Table Tennis Academy Townsville is under way! It is an independent
association - and it aims to give a better offer to the table tennis
players of the city. We will first of all look after junior players
but senior players are welcome! We will try to arrange tournaments,
initiate a league for the two associations, invite to team-matches
- and also have proper coaching clinics and squads. Plus beginners
courses and so on!
fee: $10 a year (representative/club players must in addition pay
the affiliation fee to QTT).
Coaching fee: 48 dollars for 8 weeks, paid in advance. We will start
with one day in a week, a squad session of 2 hours (1 hours practise
- 1 hour fixtures, or alternating with coaching and Fixtures).
Day: Thursdays 6.30-8.30 pm.
Venue: Belgian Garden State School's multipurpose hall, 43 Potts Street,
Beginner course: We are starting a beginner's course for school children
grade 1-7, Tuesdays 3.3-4.30. Start 1 February, free come-and-try
day 25 January (same time).
players might wonder how it would be for them to be members of the
Academy and at the same time do some practising at the TTTA-venue
and play Fixtures there. It should be no problem: It is possible to
be members of two associations. At this stage we have limited spots,
so we can not take in everybody.
If you are interested, take contact with me by email and I can send
you the objectives and rules of the Academy. Or give me a phone call
or have a chat at TTTA - Olav and I will still be there!
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone (office/home): 61-7-47723486