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  • 04Jan


    Now it is time to look ahead and certainly Oceania, the first part of the world to celebrate the New Year, is very much out of the blocks at top speed.

    From Monday 4th January to Sunday 24th January 2010, the Oceania Talent Team will be taking part in a high level training camp in the Chinese city of Chengdu. Funded by the OTTF-ITTF Development Program, an intensive three week programme has been organised which will give the selected five boys and five girls plus two coaches the best possible preparation for the challenges of 2010.

    Miao Miao
    Australia’s Miao Miao will be the coach for the Girls’ Team; for the 28 year old, it is a new role, having enjoyed a table tennis career that has taken her from Asia to Europe and finally to Oceania.

    She started her table tennis career in the Chinese city of Tianjin before moving to Poland where in 1995 she won the Cadet Girls’ Singles crown at the European Youth Championships. Soon after succeeding she moved to Australia where she has won a host of medals in national and Commonwealth tournaments; whilst also appearing in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.

    Assuming charge of the Oceania Girls’ Team at the training camp in Chengdu will be her first taste of coaching at international level.

    Oceania Development Officer in Charge
    Meanwhile, Scott Houston, the Oceania Development Officer, is the man in charge of the Oceania Boys’ Team in Chengdu and will also fulfil the role of Team Manager.

    An experienced player, he represented Australia in the Oceania Championships in both 2006 and 2008, winning the Men’s Doubles crown in 2008. Now his task is centred on coaching and with his new task in hand, he analyses the 10 players who will be in Chengdu.

    Scott Houston’s Analysis
    Heming Hu (Australia): The fearless right hander from Melbourne who impressed with a host of strong performances at the 2009 International Cadet Challenge in Tokyo, Japan. He has his eyes set on a Youth Olympic Games birth and then on the 2010 World Junior Championships where he will be confident of matching it with the best players on offer.

    Kevin Wu (New Zealand): The pocket rocket from Auckland will also be looking to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games later in the year. He is no stranger to China, where he spends nearly half of each year in full time training.

    Fabien Lai Van (New Caledonia): The young right hander from Noumea was the best performed cadet from the Pacific nations in 2009. Still eligible as a cadet in 2010, he will surely have his sights set on being a part of Team Oceania at the International Cadet Challenge for a second consecutive year.

    Stephane Gilabert (New Caledonia): The stylish 16 year old who has made rapid progress over the past two years. He was part of Team Oceania at the 2008 International Cadet Challenge in Sweden and has now progressed to be entrenched in the New Caledonian National Team. When the Pacific Games begin in his hometown of Noumea in 2011, he will surely be one of the medal favourites.

    Ocean Belrose (Tahiti-Nui): The athletic 16 year old was able to claim a bronze medal in the Men’s Singles at the 2009 Mini Pacific Games in the Cook Islands. He has aspirations to move higher up the medal podium at the 2011 Pacific Games and with two more years left as a junior he still has plenty of improvement left in him yet.

    Lily Phan (Australia): The youngster from Melbourne with maturity beyond her years has already competed at three International Cadet Challenges and one World Junior Championships. She is still a cadet this year and she will surely be looking to make her mark at the business end of the 2010 International Cadet Challenge.

    Carolyn Xuan Li (Fiji): The tall right hander who attacks with reversed rubber on the forehand and blocks at the table with long pimpled rubber on the backhand was the best performed cadet from the Pacific nations in 2009. She also played a major role in the Fiji Women’s National Team claiming a silver medal at the 2009 Mini Pacific Games.

    Stephanie Qwea (Vanuatu): The right handed defender who is the cousin of Priscila Tommy, the first Pacific Islander to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2008. She possesses a good feeling with the ball, and the consistency of the training partners in China will surely propel her to the next level.

    Lea Lai Van (New Caledonia): The ever-smiling 11 year old is no stranger to the international scene even at such a young age, but this will be her first time in Oceania colours; however one feels it will certainly not be the last. She is the brightest talent in Oceania in the under 12 age group, and she is hopeful of gaining a place in the 2010 ITTF Hopes Team. This training camp will provide her with the perfect start to 2010 and beyond.

    Vy Bui (Australia): The aggressive right hander from Adelaide claimed no less than seven medals across three age divisions at the 2009 Australian Junior Championships. Although she is uncapped at international level at the moment, she still has two years left as a cadet and she will be looking to cement her place in the Australian Cadets and Junior Team’s and she appears to be the heir apparent to Lily Phan’s reign as the leading Oceania female cadet.

    Full Steam Ahead
    A tremendous experience lies ahead for the ten teenagers with a comprehensive programme planned.

    “It’s full steam ahead”, enthused Scott Houston; certainly that is the true; an exciting time for Oceania lies ahead.

    Source: ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 10:03 am

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