Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Small and Fast Makes for Competition

Vol State is embracing the thrill of a piece of plastic that can travel at speeds up to 60 mph, and spin as fast as 9,000 resolutions per minute.

Ron Timberlake, Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education is directing Vol State’s first open table tennis tournament. “This is the first year and hopefully the first of many. A lot of people have shown interest, and we are hoping to have between 60 and 100 participants,” said Timberlake.

Timberlake said that he started playing table tennis when he was about 13 years of age. “I’ve been playing for about 47 years, and I still use my 1972 model paddle. I have been in about five or six tournaments,” said Timberlake.

“There are four age categories which are 8-12, 13-17, 18+, and seniors 55+. Prizes will be provided by Newgy Table Tennis. The event will be on Saturday, November 14, and we would like everyone to register by November 11, but you can register at the door,” said Timberlake. Doors will open at 8:30 am and the event will take place from 10 am until 3 pm. There is a ten dollar registration fee that includes a T-Shirt and a Pong Pack provided by, Newgy Robo-Pong. The tournament will be in the Vol State Gymnasium in Pickel Field House.

Vol State now offers a table tennis class for credit. “Newgy Table Tennis has donated eight tables and all of the equipment for the table tennis class, PHED 1110, which will be offered again in the spring,” said Timberlake.

For more information about signing up for the tournament, email Ron Timberlake at ron.timberlake@volstate.edu or call (615)230-3245.

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