Tournament wrap-up

Thank you to everyone who competed in, helped with and watched the 4th Seattle Table Tennis Championships. Here is a partial listing of results:

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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

4th Seattle Table Tennis Championships – Oct 29-30, 2011

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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.

3rd Seattle City Championships a great success

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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

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.

Top Chinese Players to Compete in Seattle City Championships

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.

3rd Seattle City Championships – October 23,24

3rd Seattle City Championships

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Entry Form

Entry Form

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.

New lighting and reduced price

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)

Kids Ping Pong Program at Green Lake

Kids are invited to a kids ping pong program Saturday at 5:15-6:30 at the Green Lake community center.  The goal of this program is to create a community of kids focussed on fun, learning, and cooperation.  It is not a star development program, though technical skill development plays its role.  Kids from 8-10 are the target population; older kids are welcome in groups.  Announcement flyer: www.tomveatch.com/tt/KidPong/index.htm

Wednesday play starts March 31

Wednesday table tennis at Green Lake Community Center is starting again on March 31 and will continue through November 2011. Expected hours are 6pm to 9pm.

2010 Bellevue Spring Open

The 2010 Bellevue Spring Open will be taking place the weekend of April 3/4 at Crossroads Community Center in Bellevue, WA. Green Lake will be open as usual that weekend, however we encourage anyone interested in playing in a USATT sanctioned tournament to register.  Information is available at http://www.bttclub.org/

Note, Wednesday play at Green Lake Community Center will be starting again on March 31, so come take advantage of a chance to practice the week prior to the tournament.

3nd Seattle City Championships – Date TBD

We had started planning our “Seattle City Championships for the weekend of March 27, however the Bellevue Table Tennis Club has moved their tournament to the following weekend. Please check back, or sign up for our email list to be notified of the new date.