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2016 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL JUNIORS TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
ALICE SPRINGS, JULY 2-9



The Venue


The NT Team come away with 2 individual Silver Medals:

Jacob Moore partnered with Mike Liang (NSW)
to win silver in the <18 yrs Boys Double

Jacob Moore
Max Duffell partnered with Oh Sue Bin (NSW),
going down in a close <13 yrs Mixed Doubles
final 4-11,5-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6.

Max Duffell
The U/13 yrs boys team, Max Duffell, Kieran Lelis and Bavya Soni, were ranked 7th out of 10 teams, their best result an 8-1 win over WA.

Mitchell Bedford, U/15 yrs boys, and Ailyah Morgan - who also earned a team Bronze medal as a member of the U/15 yrs girls President's Team - both improved on their 2015 results to perform creditably in a higher age group.


U/13 Girls and Boys Winning Teams


U/15 Boys Winning Teams

Sporting Schools Supports Darwin-Chinese
School Sports Partnership


Nightcliff Primary School in Darwin is developing a sporting exchange programme with a Chinese school that will introduce their students to table tennis through Australia’s participation based Sporting Schools programme, whilst Shanghai students will take up AFL.

PE teacher Mat Ryan travelled to China in April with his principal, Graham Chadwick, and assistant principal, Jo Glennon, to finalize the partnership with Hefei Primary School near Shanghai, China.

Nightcliff children will learn table tennis through the $100 million Australian Government funded Sporting Schools Programme, an initiative to get kids active in schools around Australia.

In turn, Hefei children will learn AFL, culminating in a visit by 16 Nightcliiff children to China in 2017 to compete with the Hefei children in both sports, with a similar visit to Darwin planned in 2018 by the Hefei children.

"Children from both schools are very excited at the prospect of meeting each other and for the chance to learn about another culture”, Mr Ryan said.

Nightcliff Primary School arranged 5 weeks of table tennis coaching in term 3 this year through the Sporting Schools Programme and will take table tennis again each term through 2017 and 2018 in a bid to be competitive with their Chinese counterparts.

"Our training has paid off so far, with Nightcliff Primary School winning the Darwin Region primary School Table Tennis Championships in August and taking out the Darwin Primary School AFL Championships”, Ryan said.

"Nightcliff has used the opportunity of Sporting Schools to establish an exchange programme that builds cultural awareness and appreciation, which is one of the great benefits of participation in sport,” Table Tennis Australia National Development Manager, Tiffany Angliss said.

"Sporting Schools is a great opportunity for schools to introduce new sports to their students that they otherwise would not have had the opportunity to try. This is important because this is the age where children develop preferences for particular sports later in life- the broader the exposure to sport, the increased chances of participation throughout their lifetimes” Ms Angliss said.

After closely following the Chinese table tennis success at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Nightcliff children know they will have to train hard to match their Hefei counterparts.

Primary schools interested in applying for a grant to deliver table tennis through the Sporting Schools Programme can visit the Table Tennis Australia website at http://tabletennis.org.au/Sporting-Schools


Some of the Nightcliff Table Tennis Coaching group, holding their Achievement Awards, with
PE teacher Mat Ryan (left) and coach Graham Symons (right)









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