Ryde gets table tennis fever!

By Andrew Hill, STARStv

(Andrew has a great album of photos from last weekend here for you to view.)

Table Tennis for everyone with Australia and guests China and Korea (national teams) interacting with the community. Celebrations started Wednesday with visits to local restaurants before the busy schedule for the players.

Thursday morning was a trip to Canberra for a demo of Table Tennis in the Great Hall of Parliament with welcomes from Ambassadores and television coverage.

Thursday night – Ryde Business Forum organised a corporate night for 150 local businesses and local principals who met the players and were entertained by Table Tennis prowess.  Everyone was playing in their business attire after work with food and drink presented by the Epping Boys High catering students.

The event was sponsored by Suncorp,  STARStv, Milne Berry Berger & Freedman, Ryde Rivers Victor and TDG Legal.  Small Business Presentations by Google.

Friday morning was a Primary and High School Challenge for the Bennelong Cup with 52 teams participating in Singles and Doubles. Eastwood Primary won the boys and girls events, Carlingford High won he middle school section with  Marsden High the senior school level.

Friday night was the Test Match held at the Ryde Community Sports Centre with players showing their brilliance on the tables. The community attended with opening presentations from Ministers Graham Annesley, Victor Dominello, John Alexander and special guests from China and Korea. The event started after the national Anthems from our local chambers.

Saturday morning was the Granny Smith Festival with over 100,000 attending the community event. Table Tennis was played in Eastwood Shopping Centre at full capacity then in the streets at the SportsSTAR area. Players mingled with the crowd and offered photo opportunities throughout the day.

Saturday night was the conclusion to the Test with Korea winning the men’s event and China winning the women’s section. Trophies and medals were presented for all players on an excellent night.

Sunday morning was organised for a Wheelchair Table Tennis display and all countries performed well for the spectators.

Overall, the Ryde community was united with something for everyone with a twist of Table Tennis.