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Monthly Archives:March 2024

Kathleen Cai ‘happy and proud’ to be featured in national campaign

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week in the Northwest Territories

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During National Volunteer Week, we want to acknowledge the remarkable efforts taking place in the Northwest Territories.

A heartfelt thank you to the dedicated volunteers who consistently support our Table Tennis community, giving their all to make a difference. Without your commitment, our organization would not exist, and our athletes would not have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Your passion for the sport and dedication to creating opportunities for youth are truly inspiring.

Thank you, volunteers, for your invaluable contributions to our community.

TT4ALL Hay River

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Table Tennis North is delighted to announce the highly anticipated return of the Table Tennis For All event in Hay River on March 30th, 2024. This event, which promises to be a thrilling and inclusive celebration of table tennis, invites players of all levels to showcase their skills in a friendly and competitive environment.

The event will feature an Open category, providing an opportunity for Table Tennis enthusiasts of all ages and abilities to come together and participate in exciting matches. Whether you are a seasoned player or a newcomer to the sport, this event is the perfect platform to engage in spirited competition and connect with fellow table tennis enthusiasts.

To register for the event, interested participants can access the sign-up sheet available on our website or contact us via email at info@tabletennisnorth.ca for additional information. We encourage everyone to mark their calendars and join us at the Recreation Centre in Hay River on Saturday, March 30th, 2024, for a day filled with camaraderie and thrilling table tennis action.

The event schedule is as follows:

  • Facility opens at 12:00 pm
  • Open category matches begin at 1:00 pm

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to be a part of the Table Tennis For All event in Hay River. We look forward to welcoming you on March 30th for a memorable day of Table Tennis excitement.

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/th9KQHhpp7uCdh3J8

For further inquiries, please reach out to:
Table Tennis North
Email: info@tabletennisnorth.ca

Kathleen Cai Shines in Table Tennis Canada’s Women in Table Tennis Campaign

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Yellowknife’s very own Table Tennis prodigy, Kathleen Cai, made waves in the community as she was featured in Table Tennis Canada’s Women in Table Tennis campaign on Wednesday, March 27th. The talented Team NT athlete captivated audiences with her insights, challenges, and love for the sport in a series of social media posts and a video interview.

In her responses, Kathleen shared the challenges she faces as a young athlete, offered valuable advice, and expressed her deep passion for Table Tennis. Her thoughtful and inspiring answers resonated with fans and fellow players alike, showcasing her maturity and dedication to the sport at just 12 years old.

During the video interview, Kathleen discussed her efforts to introduce her friends to the sport and highlighted the joy and fulfillment she derives from playing table tennis. Her enthusiasm and genuine love for the game were evident as she shared her experiences and insights, further solidifying her status as a rising star in the table tennis world.

Kathleen’s exceptional skills and dedication were on full display at the recent Arctic Winter Games in Alaska, held from March 10-16. The young athlete’s impressive performance saw her bring home three Ulu’s, including a Gold medal in Juvenile Female Doubles, a Silver medal in Juvenile Mixed Doubles, and a Bronze medal in Juvenile Female Singles. Her remarkable achievements at the Games underscored her talent, hard work, and competitive spirit, earning her well-deserved recognition and admiration from her peers and supporters.

As Kathleen continues to excel and make her mark in the world of Table Tennis, she serves as a shining example of sportsmanship, positivity, and dedication both on and off the table. Her infectious smile, passion for the sport, and unwavering commitment to excellence make her a true role model for aspiring athletes and a source of inspiration for the Table Tennis community.

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With her bright future ahead and a string of impressive accomplishments already under her belt, Kathleen Cai is poised to achieve even greater success and make a lasting impact in the world of table tennis. We eagerly anticipate witnessing her continued growth, achievements, and positive influence as she continues to shine brightly in the sport she loves.

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Community Coaching Course Offers Introduction to Table Tennis at Midnight Sun Complex

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Inuvik residents and sports enthusiasts are invited to participate in a special Community Coaching Course focused on the fundamentals of Table Tennis at the Midnight Sun Complex on Monday, March 25, 2024, from 6-8pm. The two-hour course promises to provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to the sport, covering basic techniques, rules, and fun activities designed to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of table tennis.

Led by experienced coaches and instructors, the Community Coaching Course offers a valuable opportunity for individuals of all skill levels to learn and develop their knowledge of table tennis in a supportive and engaging environment. Whether you’re a beginner looking to explore the sport for the first time or a seasoned player seeking to refine your skills, this course is designed to cater to a diverse range of participants and provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of table tennis.

Participants can look forward to engaging in a variety of activities and exercises that will help them improve their technique, enhance their understanding of the rules of the game, and develop their overall proficiency in Table Tennis. From basic strokes and footwork to strategic gameplay and sportsmanship, the course aims to equip attendees with the knowledge and skills needed to enjoy and excel in the sport.

“This course is part of the National Coach Certification Program through the Coaching Association of Canada,” says Thorsten Gohl, Master Coach Developer with Table Tennis Canada. “It offers a structured and comprehensive approach to coaching and learning about Table Tennis, providing participants with valuable insights and resources to support their development in the sport.”

Those interested in attending the Community Coaching Course are encouraged to simply come to the Midnight Sun Complex on Monday, March 25, ready to learn, engage, and have fun exploring the world of Table Tennis. Whether you’re a curious beginner or a dedicated enthusiast, this course offers a welcoming and inclusive space for individuals to come together, learn, and grow in their appreciation and enjoyment of the sport.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to dive into the world of Table Tennis and expand your skills and knowledge in a supportive and engaging community setting. Join us at the Midnight Sun Complex for an evening of learning, fun, and camaraderie as we explore the exciting world of table tennis together.

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Table Tennis Takes Center Stage at Snowking’s Winter Festival

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The Snowking’s Winter Festival in Yellowknife was abuzz with excitement as Table Tennis enthusiasts and visitors of all ages gathered to enjoy a day of friendly competition and fun at the festival grounds. The Table Tennis team from Arctic Winter Games Team NT made a special appearance, showcasing their skills and engaging with attendees in spirited matches that captivated the crowd and added to the festive atmosphere.

“We had an amazing time at this year’s Festival,” said Thorsten Gohl, Executive Director Table Tennis North. “Setting up several table tennis tables and playing with the visitors of the castle was a highlight for both players and spectators alike. It was a fantastic opportunity to bring the community together through the joy of Table Tennis.”

The Arctic Winter Games Team NT athletes were on hand to demonstrate their prowess on the table, inviting festival-goers to challenge them in friendly matches and showcasing their skills with finesse and flair. From intense rallies to lighthearted games, the athletes engaged with participants of all skill levels, spreading the joy of table tennis and fostering a sense of camaraderie and sportsmanship among attendees.

“We were thrilled to have our athletes from Team NT join us at the Snowking’s Winter Festival,” Roland Laufer from the Yellowknife Table Tennis Club. “Their enthusiasm, talent, and sportsmanship were truly inspiring, and they brought a dynamic energy to the event that resonated with everyone who participated. We are already looking forward to next year’s festival and the opportunity to continue sharing the excitement of Table Tennis with the community.”

With the success of this year’s Table Tennis showcase at the Snowking’s Winter Festival, anticipation is high for the next edition of the event. As the Arctic Winter Games Team NT athletes continue to inspire and engage with the community through their passion for the sport, the future looks bright for table tennis in Yellowknife and beyond.

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Fort Providence Table Tennis Club to Host 2024 South Slave Open Tournament

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Table Tennis enthusiasts in Fort Providence and beyond are gearing up for an exciting event as Table Tennis North and the Fort Providence Table Tennis Club announce the hosting of the 2024 South Slave Open tournament. Set to take place at the Territorial Table Tennis Training Centre in Fort Providence, located at 1 Mackenzie Drive within the Snowshoe Centre, this tournament promises a day of thrilling competition and camaraderie for players of all levels.

Date: April 13, 2024
Location: Territorial Table Tennis Training Centre, Fort Providence (1 Mackenzie Drive, Snowshoe Centre)

10am Youth Singles
1pm Open Doubles (double knockout)
3pm Open Singles (group stage, double knockout)

The 2024 South Slave Open will feature a range of events, including Singles, Doubles, Youth, and Open categories, providing an opportunity for players of all ages to showcase their skills and passion for the sport of Table Tennis. The tournament is open to anyone interested in participating and celebrating the joy of Table Tennis in Fort Providence.

Participants can look forward to competing in both youth (U19) and open categories in singles, with the open category also featuring a doubles event. Winners of the tournament will receive medals in recognition of their achievements, and there will be giveaways and snacks available for all participants to enjoy throughout the day.

Neilson Vandell, who is responsible for the Fort Providence Table Tennis Club, expressed his excitement about hosting the event at their club. “I am very excited to host the event here in our club. We have seen our youth excel, and we know that other communities are also excited to play in tournaments,” said Neilson Vandell, highlighting the enthusiasm and talent present within the Table Tennis community in Fort Providence.

The 2024 South Slave Open promises to be a memorable and inclusive event, bringing together players, supporters, and Table Tennis enthusiasts to celebrate the sport and showcase their skills in a friendly and competitive environment. As the tournament date approaches, anticipation is building for a day of spirited competition, sportsmanship, and community engagement in Fort Providence.

To sign up, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/kZcYMNeu8kzjwQtbA

Join us on April 13, 2024, at the Territorial Table Tennis Training Centre in Fort Providence for the 2024 South Slave Open tournament, and be a part of the excitement and camaraderie that Table Tennis brings to our community.

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Table Tennis North Partners with Butterfly Table Tennis

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Table Tennis North and Butterfly Table Tennis have joined forces in an exciting partnership that promises to elevate the sport of table tennis in the Northwest Territories. The collaboration between these two esteemed organizations is set to support the growth and development of Table Tennis enthusiasts in the region, fostering a vibrant and thriving table tennis community.

The partnership, aptly named #WeAreButterfly, signifies the unity and shared commitment of Table Tennis North and Butterfly Table Tennis towards advancing the sport and providing opportunities for players of all levels to excel and enjoy the game. This collaboration is a testament to the dedication and passion of both organizations in promoting the sport of Table Tennis and creating a supportive and inclusive environment for players in the Northwest Territories.

“We are thrilled to see this partnership soar and to witness the positive impact it will have on the Table Tennis community in the Northwest Territories,” said Thorsten Gohl, Executive Director Table Tennis North. “By joining forces with Butterfly Table Tennis, we aim to enhance the playing experience, provide access to high-quality equipment, and support the growth of Table Tennis at all levels.”

The partnership between Table Tennis North and Butterfly Table Tennis is a significant step towards advancing the sport and fostering a culture of excellence, inclusivity, and sportsmanship in the Northwest Territories. Through this collaboration, players, coaches, and enthusiasts can look forward to exciting opportunities, resources, and support that will help them reach their full potential and enjoy the game to the fullest.

To learn more about the #WeAreButterfly partnership and the initiatives planned for the growth of table tennis in the Northwest Territories, visit the official Butterfly Table Tennis website at https://butterflyonline.com/we-are-butterfly/associations/.

Join us in celebrating this exciting partnership and the bright future it holds for table tennis in the Northwest Territories. Together, we are all Team NT, united in our passion for the sport and our commitment to its growth and success.

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Team NT Table Tennis Athletes Ready for 2024 Arctic Winter Games Thanks to Community Support

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Image: Vital, Brenna Neil (she/her) Service Canada, Dallas,

The journey to the 2024 Arctic Winter Games for Team NT Table Tennis athletes has been made possible through the collective efforts and support of various individuals and organizations. The successful acquisition of passports for the athletes, a crucial step in their participation at the games, was a testament to the collaborative spirit and dedication of the community.

A heartwarming moment unfolded at the MP’s office on Friday, just before the athletes were set to depart for the games on Saturday. The athletes, accompanied by their team officials, were greeted with smiles and warm welcomes as they received their passports, ensuring that all necessary documentation was in place for their journey to Alaska.

The athletes eagerly signed their passports, filled with excitement and anticipation at the realization that they would now be able to represent Team NT at the 2024 Arctic Winter Games. The support and assistance provided by various individuals and organizations in facilitating this process did not go unnoticed, and the athletes expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to compete on a larger stage.

A message of appreciation was extended to all those involved in making this milestone possible. From Sport North to the MP’s office, Service Canada, community members, and everyone who played a role in supporting the athletes, their families, and the team, a collective effort was acknowledged and celebrated.

Dallas and Vital signing their passports in the MP Michael McLeod’s office.

As the athletes prepare to showcase their skills and sportsmanship at the 2024 Arctic Winter Games, the sense of unity and camaraderie within the Team NT Table Tennis community shines brightly. The journey to the games has been marked by teamwork, perseverance, and unwavering support, embodying the spirit of sportsmanship and community pride.

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Gender Pronouns Pins Promote Inclusivity at the Arctic Winter Games

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Coaches representing the Table Tennis and Hockey teams at the Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife are making a powerful statement by proudly wearing gender pronouns pins on their uniforms. The pins, which display preferred gender pronouns such as “he/him,” “she/her,” or “they/them,” serve as a visible symbol of inclusivity and a commitment to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all athletes and participants.

“It’s so great to see the pin on our coaches’ uniforms,” we hear back from some of the participants. “They are role modeling inclusivity and opening up the barriers for identifying. It’s a small gesture that carries a big message of acceptance and respect for individuals of all gender identities.”

The gender pronouns pins have become a meaningful and impactful addition to the coaches’ uniforms, sparking conversations and raising awareness about the importance of recognizing and honoring individuals’ gender identities. By wearing these pins, the coaches are sending a clear message of support and solidarity.

The initiative to introduce gender pronouns pins at the Arctic Winter Games reflects a broader commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in sports. By acknowledging and affirming individuals’ gender identities, the coaches are helping to create a more inclusive and affirming environment where all participants feel valued, respected, and accepted for who they are.

To learn more about the significance of the gender pronouns pins and the impact they are making at the Arctic Winter Games, visit HERE. Join us in celebrating and promoting inclusivity, diversity, and acceptance in sports, one pin at a time.

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