Clarence Valley Table Tennis Group members Peter Saville and Geoff Lawrence keep their eyes on the ball.
Clarence Valley Table Tennis Group members Peter Saville and Geoff Lawrence keep their eyes on the ball. Rodney Stevens

Table tennis club in need

TABLE tennis is growing in popularity at Yamba’s Raymond Laurie Sports Centre – they just need the tables to keep up with the demand.

“We thought if people are throwing table tennis tables out they may as well donate them and let everyone enjoy them,” centre manager Steve Smith said.

“People say they have a table tennis table and don’t use it.”

The Clarence Valley Table Tennis Group has been running a weekly competition at the centre for the past 12 months with a growing number of players lining up at each event.

However, limited tables means limited game time and longer stints on the sidelines.

“They (the table tennis organisers) want to just pick up their numbers but we don’t want people standing around,” Smith said.

“It depends on the weather but we are averaging about 20 and upwards.

“I think it will be more and more (popular) and that’s something we have found.

“We just need the tables.”

Such is the progress of the competition, Smith has discussed the possibility of a two-day tournament to be held at the centre later in the year.

To help boost numbers, the sport is also being offered to school students.

“They are trying to get into the school development side of it,” Smith said.

“In the near future the (organising) group wants to have a tournament with teams from South-East Queensland down to Sydney and invite them to come and play.

“We know some other towns are getting good numbers.”

The Raymond Laurie Sports Centre hosts competitions for seniors on Tuesday morning, with junior events from 4pm Wednesday and the seniors to start at 5pm.

To donate a table or join contact 6646 8822.



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