North Ward, 4 December 2010.

It is my pleasure to announce that the establishment of Table Tennis Academy Townsville is under way. An interim committee has been formed and we are planning to start up the activities in the New Year. It will be a beginner's course for primary school kids and we will also try to arrange activities like tournaments and coaching.

Among the objectives of Table Tennis Academy Townsville are:
- To involve children in table tennis as a sport, with emphasis on fitness and competitive skills.
- To give the children, and also their parents, a positive feeling of social belonging to a sound, safe and pleasant environment.
- To help table tennis players of all races and backgrounds to achieve their maximum potential, first of all athletically, but also educationally and as individuals.

It is our wish that the members of the academy, besides from the beginners, also are members of Townsville Table Tennis Association. We sincerely believe that both cooperation and friendly competition between the two clubs can make the sport of table tennis prosper in our city.The

Table Tennis Academy Townsville is still not incorporated with any table tennis bodies, this will come in due time. The first step was to get valuable information from the Sports and Recreation officer of Townville and also the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Development Officer. Contact with a primary school has also been very fruitful, and the first beginners course will be an after school activity in co-operation with the school.

The important thing for the initial period has been, and still is, to finalize objectives and goals and get all the planning done in a proper way. It is still a lot of work to be done before the activities can get under way, but we feel we are getting there.

Terry Dahl
Table Tennis Academy Townsville
Interim President