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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.
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
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.
I think it is fair to say that the 3rd Seattle City Championships exceeded expectations. The tournament drew 110 players from Canada and
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.
The 3rd Seattle City Championships table tennis tournament will be held the weekend of October 23 and 24 at the Green Lake Community Center. This will be our largest tournament to date. There will be over $500 in prize money, $1700 worth of table tennis merchandise awards from Killerspin (rubber sheets and DVDs), and trophies provided by the Seattle Pacific Table Tennis Club. As in past years, we will have several events for juniors. This year we will have two special spectator events.
7 pm on Saturday 10/23 – High School Championship final, and Open Doubles final
3 pm on Sunday, 10/24 – Under 14 Years Championship final, and Open Singles final
Admission to the spectator events is $2 each day, but free to participants and their families. There will be a coaching table where spectators and participants can connect with Seattle area coaches, and a players lounge with table tennis videos playing all weekend.
We will have 15 different open, rated, and age group events. Two of these events have been designed especially for new players. The U-1200 event has a low $5 entry fee, for those who are not yet sure of how much fun they are going to have. The U-1000 event is our lowest rated event. The format will be a double round robin. In the first round, you will play players who might not be at your level. In the second round, you will play players from the other first round groups who had the same record of wins and losses as you. This way, you will get to play with other players who are roughly at your level.
Entries must be received by October 19 ($5 late fee). Please download the entry form from www.glttc.com/3rdSeattleCityChampionships2010EntryFinal1.pdf. Information is available at info @ glttc.com or the Green Lake Community Center, (206) 684-0780.
After years of hoping, requesting and waiting, the Green Lake Community Center has finally upgraded the lighting in the gym where we play. They have installed 15 new florescent fixtures with 3 controllable lighting levels. The lowest level is equivalent to what we had with the old metal-halide lights. The middle level is twice as bright, and the high level is three times as bright. This change will make it possible for us to hold USATT sanctioned tournaments at Green Lake in the future. Taking note of what we have now at the GLTTC …
* NEW Tournament Level Lighting
* 13 Killerspin tables with 1 inch think tops.
* 9 foot high ball barriers (more play, less chasing)
* 40 standard 26 inch high ball barriers between tables
* Wood floor and high ceilings.
* REDUCED PRICE! – only $5 on Saturday and Sunday ($3 on Wednesdays)