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Table Tennis North launches its first Virtual Ping Pong Challenge

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Fort Providence, Northwest Territories, March 29, 2021 – Table Tennis North (TTN) has been hard at work developing virtual opportunities to engage youth, athletes, coaches and sports organizations this winter. Today, TTN is proud to launch its 2021 Virtual Ping Pong Challenge, an online event for individuals of all ages to complete locally from April 12-16, 2021. 

“We are excited to offer this challenge to encourage new and continued participation in the sport of Table Tennis in the Northwest Territories through a safe avenue during these unprecedented times,” said Thorsten Gohl, Executive Director for Table Tennis North. “The 2021 Virtual Freestyle Ping Pong Challenge is designed to be a fun event for all ages and abilities!”

The event comprises of four challenges: 1) Ping-Pong Flip; 2) Balance Jump; 3) Wall hit; and 4) Hand switch. Participants will record themselves completing all of the four challenges within 30 seconds each and submit a video to Table Tennis North. Officials will assess the results and calculate scores. There will be prizes awarded to first and second place winners of each division.

The Challenge is open to individuals residing in the Northwest Territories in the following age categories: under 13, under 15; under 19; 20 and over. Each category consists of a male and female division. For the Challenge guidelines and additional information, please visit: https://tabletennisnorth.ca/vfppc/

Table Tennis North is a not-for profit organization that supports, promotes and develops an active, healthy and fun environment with the sport of Table Tennis in the Northwest Territories.

Hockey & Table Tennis – The Hub

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Another great article in The Hub about our Hockey & Table Tennis initiative in Hay River. We love working with our athletes. What a fantastic first week we had. a

Table Tennis & Hockey – Cabin Radio

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A great feature on Cabin Radio’s websites about our Hockey & Table Tennis project in Hay River. Check out the article below.

2021 CANADA WIDE TEAM LEAGUE

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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, safe return to play is extremely important. The wellbeing of our athletes, coaches, umpires, administrators, volunteers and all the families involved is the ultimate goal. Restrictions and rules for public gathering vary from region to region inside our country. This scenario makes it for a very difficult way to come up with a competition format that would not break social distancing rules. And the situation evolves as Canada braces for the deals with the fallout of the second wave of the Pandemic. This competition format will allow players to compete safely inside their own region. Crossing borders and isolation will not be necessary since the eligible athletes will play against a small group of athletes from the same region – if local government pandemic policies allows it.

We will be running the event with a small group of athletes composed of 5 athletes representing 5 different nationwide teams. Each team will have 1 athlete from each of our 13 Provinces and Territories. 65 athletes will be playing this tier.
Our inspiration for the 5 teams is simple, the 5 Olympic Games Rings representing the colours blue, yellow, red, black and green. Although playing inside their own region, the athletes will represent one of the 5 colours, not the athlete’s club or Province/Territory.

Following the Canadian Sport movement for a better integration of gender equality, Table Tennis Canada supports this initiative by making sure that the small group of 5 athletes will be composed by a minimum of 2 players per gender whenever possible. Our goal is to provide meaningful competitions for all participants. This is achieved when the outcome of a match between two athletes is not predictable, avoiding blowouts and/or easy wins. With that in mind, the small group of 5 athletes selected by the province/territory shall have similar ratings points in the Canadian Ranking System.

To increase the size, range and flexibility of the league, next editions would present a tier system where divisions will be used to reach more athletes and participation. These divisions will have the potential to accommodate a greater number of athletes as we move towards the grassroots level of our sport.

“Despite of the adversity that we face, we are finding safe and creative ways to adapt to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and bring some joy to the Table Tennis family! This is a mini bubble competition that has the potential to engage safely many of our Table Tennis enthusiasts, no matter the age, gender or skill level!” – Marles Martins, Technical Development Manager Table Tennis Canada
COVID-19 REGULATIONS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING                       

Table Tennis Canada encourages all participants to take in consideration available Club Risk Assessment Tool guidelines as well as regional governmental guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants.

For more information check out the prospectus HERE.

The goal is to create a competition format that could easily be implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, but continues even after. This should make it possible for all Provinces and Territories to join together in one team, bringing our sport closer together and opening opportunities for live streaming, exciting matches and a new league system. We are excited!!!

If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to the Technical Development Manager, Marles Martins.

BECOME A WTTD PROMOTER! APPLY NOW!

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A great opportunity to celebrate World Table Tennis Day with the help & support from the ITTF Foundation.

The World Table Tennis Day (WTTD) Promoter Initiative is an opportunity for you to make WTTD and our beloved sport more popular in your country or territory!

More information: https://ittffoundation.org/news/details/become-a-wttd-promoter-apply-now

Let us know if you are interested and we can work on this together. E-mail us to info@tabletennisnorth.ca!!!

Virtual Table Tennis Coach

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Table Tennis North will be providing virtual Table Tennis classes. Those classes will be tailored to Beginners, Territorial athletes, Women in Sport and Para athletes as well as schools. The hired coach will need to be ready to plan (February) and facilitate (March) this project. 

CONTRACT TERMS

Table Tennis North  will negotiate contract terms upon selection. The terms of selection/award are to be subjected to the following terms. All contracts are subject to reviewed by Table Tennis North.

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS

This is an open and competitive process for all certified coaches in Canada and beyond. Table Tennis North  reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or any portion thereof as deemed to be in the best interest of the Territorial Sport Organization. The proposal shall include the following information:

• Cover Letter

• Resume of your Education, Experience and Qualifications

• NCCP number 

• An example of a lesson plan that will be used for our virtual trainings

Coaches will be hired on qualification and on first come first serve basis. 

You will need to show experience with live streaming events and ZOOM video chats. A training plan will need to be provided before the first virtual sessions. Each week we will share the training session on our website to review after the virtual training. 

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL

All proposals must be received by Table Tennis North no later than February 8th, 2021 to info@tabletennisnorth.ca.

World Table Tennis Day

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Join the longest and craziest table tennis rally by showing us how YOU are going to return the ball🏓

  • Film yourself from the end of the table
  • Upload your video to this One Drive folder 
  • Tell us your NAME, CITY and COUNTRY in the file name (e.g. GERMANY_Leipzig_ITTFFoundation)

COVID -19

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Here is some great information from the Government of the Northwest Territories in regards to the Corona virus.

Healthy Respiratory Practices

2020 HSS Coronavirus Monitoring Handout

2020 Arctic Winter Games

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Please find more information on this years Arctic Winter Games event hosted in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Athletes

Shannon Bonnetrouge (Fort Providence)
Crystal Zhang (Hay River)
Monika Kunderlik (Yellowknife)
Sofia Barichello (Yellowknife)
Conner McKay-Ivanko (Hay River)
David Dragon (Yellowknife)

Head Coach: Steve Rowe (steve@aerobictabletennis.com)
Assistant Coach: Beth Hudson (beth@ascnwt.ca)
Mission Staff: Thorsten Gohl (thor@tabletennisnorth.ca)

Team NT handbook
Table Tennis technical package
Table Tennis one page (venue, accommodation, officials)

Host societies website: https://awg2020.org/

Team NT departure from Yellowknife on March 15th, 2020.
Team NT departure from Whitehorse on March 21st, 2020.

The Opening Ceremony will be hosted on March 15th at 6:30pm in the Tahkini Arena. The Closing Ceremony will be hosted on March 21st at 4pm in the Canada Games Centre. 

Here is the Table Tennis sport schedule (updated Feb 1st, 2020).

Sport North & Team NT release form.

2019 NWT School Championships

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These years dates will be January 9 & 11, 2020, hosting the event on a Thursday (doubles) and Saturday (singles).

Some information for you:

Date: January 9 & 11, 2020
Time: Thursday 4:00-6:00 (Doubles)Saturday 10:00-6:00pm (Singles)
Cost: $10/player or max $200/school
Location: Weledeh School Gymnasium

Banners/Medals: Banners for Grade 6-8, 9-12.Medals for the category winners:
– 12 categories for singles (Grade 6-12)- 2 categories for doubles (Elementary, High School)

Registration deadline: January 6th, 2020

Q&A
Double division is open for boys/boys, girls/girls or mixed. You choose.Sign up fee is for Singles and Doubles together.No limit for signing up students per school.

Rules of table tennis:  https://tabletennisnorth.ca/uncategorized/2019-nwt-school-championships/table-tennis-rules-4/

Upcoming events are the Arctic Winter Games Team Table Tennis trials in Fort Providence, January 23-25th, 2020. Deadline for signing up for the trials is December 16th, 2019. We are also hosting a preparation camp on January 4-5th, 2020 in Fort Providence for anyone that would like to participate.

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