Local table tennis enthusiasts breathe new life into former National Training Centre
Ottawa’s only full-time table tennis club now offers ideal conditionsfor everyone from rookies to those who are podium-bound
Ottawa (February 18, 2017) — The former training centre for the National Table Tennis Team has found new life as the home of the Ottawa Table Tennis Club it was announced at its official opening today.
Adham Sharara, the Chairman and Honorary President of the International Table Tennis Federation, Mayor Jim Watson, MPP Yasir Naqvi and MP Catherine McKenna were all in attendance to kick off what co-founder Michel Legault says is a pivotal time in the Ottawa table tennis community.
“Table tennis is back in Ottawa!” he exclaimed. “We are so proud to be offering our sport here. They may have taken our national team, but the facility is now open once again for everyone from novices to those who might be podium-bound to practice their favourite sport—and they can do it under ideal flooring, lighting and table conditions.”
Ottawa’s Mayor, Jim Watson, a huge supporter of Ottawa-area sports, said. . .
“The new Ottawa Table Tennis Club is a great addition to the City’s thriving sports and recreation community”, said Mayor Jim Watson. “Not only is table tennis a fun and affordable sport, it is safe and inclusive for people of all ages and abilities, drawing no boundaries between able bodied and para-players.”
ITTF Chairman and President Adham Sharara was also enthusiastic . . .
“We are extremely happy that the Ottawa Table Tennis Club has found a home in our building, the Gladstone Sports and health Centre. We used to host the Training Centre for the National Team, which has moved to Toronto after the Pan-American Games, so we are now delighted to have table tennis back again. The OTTC offers players of all levels the opportunity to play 7 days a week, and that is great for the development of ping pong on recreational basis, and table tennis for the more serious players. As the program grows, we are planning an expansion by building an additional space to accommodate even more tables.”
The Ottawa Table Tennis Club (OTTC) is the first and only full-time facility for this sport in Ottawa and, as such, plans to offer a number of programs for youth and those who are young at heart. As well as after-school programs, the Club also offers group and personal training—coaches include Filip Ilijevski, the current Canadian U21 champion—as well as events such as tournaments and the Saturday Master Class Series where some of the best players and coaches in Canada will hold learn-and-play seminars.
“These walls have seen successes and failures as well as the challenges our very best table tennis athletes have faced over the years,” says Legault’s partner and co-founder, Steve Lambruschini. “And who knows, the next Olympic champion could walk through that door any minute.”
The Ottawa Table Tennis Club is Ottawa’s only full-time table tennis club, offering practice times, personal and group training, day programs, after school programs and Saturday Master Class Series.
On Saturday February 25th, the Master Class will be given by none other than Canadian table tennis veteran Mariann Domonkos who was the first Canadian athlete, male or female, to play in an overseas professional table tennis league. She represented us at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, when the sport was first introduced. Ms Domonkos rarely gives workshops. This is an event table tennis fans can’t miss.
For more information, please contact:
Michel Legault or Steve Lambruschini, Co-founders
Ottawa Table Tennis Club