2x US Open Wheelchair champion Eric Pattison
Standing disabled new recruit Solimon Sesaye
The GLTTC, in partnership with Seattle Adaptive Sports has been chosen to participate in the USATT Opening Serve para table tennis program. The program is funded through a grant from the United States Olympic Committee, and aims to bring new disabled players into national competition, and eventually the Paralympics. Para table tennis is the official name of the sport for people with disabilities. Here are the main facets of the program:
- Three GLTTC players, Tom Veatch, Sung Yang, and Kim Goldov were sent to Las Vegas in July for training in coaching para table tennis.
- We have been given two ADA compliant Joola tables along with balls and paddles for program use.
- There will be a para training program at the GLTTC. Our first clinic will be Saturday, August 13 at 5 pm
- Two players from our training program will be sent to compete at the US Open in December
We are currently recruiting players for our para TT program. There will be a class every Saturday at 5:30 pm led by head coach, Tom Veatch. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know any disabled people who might enjoy this “sport within a sport”. Kids and vets are especially welcome. NO PRIOR TABLE TENNIS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Para table tennis has 10 classes of competition – 5 for wheelchair players and 5 for standing based. Players are categorized into one of the 10 classes based on their level of disability so everyone can participate.
Big news at the GLTTC: We are getting Friday nights back! Starting THIS FRIDAY March 18!.
At first a rental will be running to 6pm so we will have a 6-9 schedule.
Later we will have a 5-9pm schedule after June 3, 2016.
Please tell your friends, and come to Green Lake!
As you know we have great lighting, great tables, great floors, lots of balls and paddles to borrow and players of all levels have a great time learning, improving, competing and cooperating in one of the best ping pong communities in the Northwest.
We are celebrating Eric Pattison’s recent success at the 2014 US Open in Grand Rapids Michigan. Since Eric won first place he is now the US Open Champion in wheelchair table tennis (all categories). Congratulations Eric, we are so proud of you!
The Green Lake Table Tennis Center, in cooperation with the Bellevue Table Tennis Club will be holding its first USATT sanctioned tournament the weekend of March 24-25, 2012. The event will be directed by Jerry Li, who has been the tournament director for all the sanctioned tournaments in our area for the last several years. The format will be similar to past Bellevue Table Tennis Club tournaments.
There will be a total of $570 in prize money, plus trophies for all non-cash events.
The entry deadline is March 13, so get your entries in soon. We would like to see many of our regular GLTTC players who have never played a sanctioned tournament, enter and get established in the USATT rating system. Please click the entry form image on the right to download the entry form.
There will be a remarkable event taking place at the GLTTC on February 11, 2012. Instead of our usual open play, we will have a free showcase and exhibition by the Seattle Pacific Table Tennis Club (SPTTC) with 60 students and 6 coaches (3 rated over 2600). The show will begin at 7:00 pm and last about 90 minutes. You will get to see how the students train, from the youngest to the most advanced. Several of the students are already familiar to us at the GLTTC from our recent 4th Seattle Table Tennis Championships: Sahl Ali, Jimmy Gao, Reda Ali, Michael Zhao, Kevin Li, Jenny Li, and Alan Bi were all winners or runners-up. 15 year old Billy Ding won our “Under 19 Years Singles” and also took second place in Open Singles.
Following the student showcase, there will be an exhibition with the 6 professional Chinese coaches. This will not be like any competition you have seen. These phenomenal players will put on a show for us full of lightning smashes, sky-high lobs, sizzling chops and unbelievable athleticism.
We are expecting over 200 spectators, so please carpool and plan to arrive by 6:30 pm to find parking. We would also appreciate if you could email email@example.com and let us know how many guests you are bringing.
The Northwest Senior Games “Turkey Shoot” tournament was held at Green Lake, November 20.
Gold: Rodney Lock
Silver: Roscoe Lock
Bronze: Raymond Lock
Thank you to everyone who competed in, helped with and watched the 4th Seattle Table Tennis Championships. Here is a partial listing of results:
Open Singles: Xia Jiwei def. Billy Ding
Under 19 Years: Billy Ding def. Sahl Ali
Under 14 Years: Jimmy Gao def. Reda Ali
Under 11 Years: Alan Bi def. David Ochsner
Mixed Doubles: Reda & Sahl def. Anu & Chris
Open Doubles: Michael Zhao & Bin Chen def. Chris Soloman & Alex Voronin
Family Doubles: Dipti & Neeraj Sarnaik def. Li & Naiwen Hou
U-3500 Doubles: Anu & Chris def. Nguyen & Vo
Womens Singles: Reda def. Dipti
Wheelchair Singles: Eric Pattison def. Patrick Chapman
Over 50 Years: Chris Soloman def. George Yang
Over 65 Years: Wes Wolfe def. Alex Sumeri
U-2200: John Ochsner def. Chong
U-2000: John Ochsner def. Chris Soloman
U-1800: Kevin Li def. Theng Keo
U-1600: Thom Owen def. John Peng
U-1400: Umar Mbow def. Aaron Vargo
U-1200: Munkhzaya Toodoi def. Miguel Saldin
U-1000: Jenny Li def. Ben Cantrell
Susan Wakeman’s photos for Saturday and Sunday
We are excited about several new events this year. We will be holding a wheelchair singles event on Saturday 10/29. As far as we know, this will be the first time a wheelchair event has been offered at any Northwest tournament.
Another new event is the “Family Doubles”. Teams must be composed of two family members of different generations, for example, “mother/son” or “uncle/daughter-in-law”. “Family” can be by blood or marriage.
Like last year, we will hold final events in front of spectators on Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 pm. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn will kick this off by “hitting the first ball” with Acting Deputy Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation, Eric Friedli The exhibition will include some osome other surprise guests. Admission is $3 adults, $2 children. Just prior to the final events, there will be free coaching for kids age 7 – 16.
Enter before before Oct. 18, and get free raffle tickets. Spend $10 or more, get 1 ticket, $20 or more, get 2 tickets, etc.
The 4th Seattle Table Tennis Championships are sponsored by the Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation, with support from the GLTTC, the Northwest Senior Games, Paddle Palace, the Seattle Pacific Table Tennis Club, ARC, and the Washington Table Tennis Center.
David Ochsner - 2nd Place, U-11 years
I think it is fair to say that the 3rd Seattle City Championships exceeded expectations. The tournament drew 110 players from Canada and
James Qiao - 1st Place, Open Singles
the United States. We were featured on the front page of the Seattle Times “Lifestyle” section on Sunday, October 24, and we had over 100 paid spectators in addition to the players and family members for the 3 pm finals “show” on Sunday. There were about 20 volunteers and we received sponsorship from Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Green Lake Advisory Council, Killerspin, the Seattle Pacific Table Tennis Club, the Northwest Senior Games, Paddle Palace, Hyun Lee, and Phil & Karen Lam. Thank you to everyone who participated, watched and helped out.
The 3 pm finals events began with the Under 14 Singles. Michael Zhao took first over runner-up, Kevin Li. This was followed by a exhibition between 11 year old, Reda Ali, and 87 year old Gene Treneer. James Qiao defeated Jenny Zhao with a score of 4 to 1 to take the Seattle City Champion singles title. Please click here and here to see all of Susan Wakeman’s photos, and here to see a list of all winners and runners-up.
We are pleased to announce that there will be 3 high level visiting Chinese players entering our tournament.
- James Qiao is a member of Luneng Table tennis Club in Shandong province, China and competes in the Chinese A League. He has a powerful two-wing loop and fast attack. His rating is estimated at 2700. James Qiao is a member of the coaching staff at the Seattle Pacific Table Tennis Club in Bellevue, WA.
- Jenny Zhao has competed professionally in China and Japan since age 12. Her estimated rating is 2550. Jenny Zhao currently heads the junior coaching program at the Washington Table Tennis Center, in Bellevue, WA.
- Vickie Luo is a member of Hubei province Table Tennis team. Two years ago she was selected to as team captain. She also plays in the Chinese A League. Her playing style is similar to that of James Qiao, with more emphasis on control and finesse. Her estimated rating is 2500. Vickie Luo is a member of the coaching staff at the Seattle Pacific Table Tennis Club in Bellevue, WA.
We have modified the 7 pm Saturday evening final events to include the #2 vs #3 open singles semifinal.