Educating the next generation of world-class athletes and coaches is the driving force behind an exciting new project led by Table Tennis Australia (TTA) in partnership with Paralympics Australia.

TTA recently established a Coaching Working Group from all states and territories with a focus on developing skills of coaches that are specific to Para-table tennis.

The project will be enhanced by a new video content series produced by PA that will feature input from experts in a range of high performance fields as well as the very best table-tennis knowledge and experience available in Australia.

Sue Stevenson TTA’s National Program Manager said “Alois Rosario (National Head Coach – Para) has been working with Ross Pinder (Paralympics Australia’s Skill Acquisition Specialist) over the last five years within our Para HP Program developing a coaching model that challenges the traditional way of on table training and the results have been outstanding.

“With coach education being one of TTA’s strategic priorities specifically on ‘creating a culture of working together to create internationally competitive athletes’ we wanted to share our knowledge on the success we have achieved within our national Para HP Program by firstly establishing this Para Coaches Group and then by developing a series of coach education seminars specifically for coaches working with Para-athletes in partnership with PA.”

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Lynne Anderson, Paralympics Australia Chief Executive, said: “During this pivotal time for the Australian Paralympic movement, Paralympics Australia is particularly proud of our partnership with Table Tennis Australia.

“The wonderful staff at TTA continue to engage strongly with PA expertise, including our skill acquisition specialist Dr. Ross Pinder, to work with coaching staff and podium potential athletes to scrutinise international performances and opponents and determine what to work on in their next training phases.

“Further to this, as a result of the work done with Dr. Pinder and our other PA staff, we have been pleased to see Table Tennis Australia embrace a new way of thinking and invest in new technology and resources to fill gaps in individual performances. All this has been achieved responsibly in a challenging financial environment for the sporting industry.

“The value of our partnership continues to deliver.”

By: Tim Mannion, Paralympics Australia
Posted: 11 August 2020