From January 13 to twenty, 2024, New Zealand performed host to an ITTF Para Desk Tennis Degree 1 Classification Seminar together with a nationwide Para desk tennis coaching camp. This landmark occasion, organised by Desk Tennis New Zealand, ITTF Growth and ITTF Oceania aimed to reinforce the data and understanding of coaches, officers, and athletes within the classification course of, in addition to present a nationwide coaching alternative for Para desk tennis gamers.
The ITTF Para Desk Tennis Degree 1 Classification Seminar which happened from 13-17 January was a major milestone within the growth and promotion of Para desk tennis in Oceania. The IPC classification system performs a vital function in guaranteeing honest competitors for athletes with disabilities. By means of this seminar, coaches, officers, and athletes had the chance to realize a deeper understanding of the classification course of, guidelines, and rules concerned, resulting in a extra inclusive and strategic strategy to the game.
“As a coach working with Para athletes in Waikato, the data from this course will allow me to raised perceive and help our athletes’ growth and pathways. The course was useful with dwell classifications, and observations of Para athletes through the camp” – Mark Web page, NZ Technical Classifier
Contributors within the seminar gained data on a spread of impairments and the way they have an effect on an athlete’s skill to play, in addition to find out how to consider and categorise these impairments in compliance with ITTF and IPC tips. The knowledge gained from this seminar will probably be extraordinarily useful in guaranteeing that Para desk tennis gamers have honest and equal alternatives on a nationwide and worldwide degree.
“As a Crew Physiotherapist for the Pacific Video games, I offered companies for the NZ Para Desk Tennis workforce and located the entire means of classification intriguing. Desk Tennis NZ was in search of an individual with a medical background to help as they’d no medical classifiers. The course was insightful, and I stay up for serving to with classifications at nationwide occasions.” – Adina, NZ Medical Classifier Candidate
The seminar, led by ITTF conductor Se To Phui Lin (MAS), drew 14 members, 7 male and seven feminine, from 4 MAs: New Caledonia, Tonga, Tahiti, and New Zealand. It lined each the medical and technical elements of the classification course of for athletes with disabilities. The TTNZ Nationwide Para Desk Tennis Coaching Camp held together with the seminar gave the trainee classifiers real-world examples and expertise. Contributors on this course gained useful data that can assist to speed up the expansion of PTT in Oceania.
“Tonga now has extra data about classification and its course of. This provides capability to our federation and helps our supply of the Smash Down Limitations Desk Tennis Incapacity Program outcomes.” – Salote Fungavai, Tonga Desk Tennis Federation CEO
Operating parallel to the classification seminar, the nationwide Para desk tennis coaching camp from 16-20 January introduced collectively gifted athletes from throughout New Zealand. This coaching camp offered a supportive setting the place athletes might practice intensively and develop their expertise.
20 athletes took half within the coaching camp together with 7 coaches, who had the chance to realize extra data and expertise working with Para athletes. A nationwide classification for 7 athletes happened prior and through the coaching camp which shaped a major stepping stone within the progress and integration of Para desk tennis in New Zealand. The elevated data and experience gained from the classification seminar will present readability and transparency to athletes and officers, guaranteeing honest competitors.
“Upskilling Para classifiers throughout ITTF programs like that is pivotal to constructing the capability and capabilities to help the continued progress and growth of Para desk tennis in Oceania. The final course of its form in Oceania was greater than 10 years in the past, this course has been greater than welcomed by all and was effectively overdue. New Zealand had no lively classifiers to help us in our Para pathway and we at the moment are effectively outfitted with expertise and experience with ten classifiers who can help with the nationwide classification means of NZ athletes. We acknowledge the contribution of ITTF Growth and Paralympics New Zealand for his or her help in making this course doable” – Jessica MacAskill, TTNZ Group Supervisor