Local table tennis player John Wright has returned from representing Victoria in the recent Australian National Veteran’s Championships with a fourth place.
Following a string of successful tournaments around Victoria John was selected to represent the 30s A-Team in both singles and doubles at the national championships held in Mandurah, Western Australia from October 7 to 14.
It was the first national championships for John who paired up with Rod Kempton of Melbourne in the doubles. Brett Halocha was the team captain and Allan Robic was the other member of the team.
John’s team’s first match was against the Victorian B team of Greg Bristow, Damian Taranto, Matt Del Vecchio and Bob Bozelle. They won 11 to 0 and then played South Australia B winning, 7 to 4. Following that they had wins against Queensland B (9 to 2) and Western Australia (8 to 3).
The team’s first loss was against Queensland A (11 to 0) and after that lost to New South Wales, 7 to 4.
In their last match of the tournament they were playing for a bronze medal against the South Australian A team. In very close doubles and singles matches the team were unfortunately beaten, 7 to 4 to finish overall fourth.
In the men’s 30s single events John drew the number two seed from Latvian.
“He was an awesome player, I scored well against him in my same group but I had a Queensland and South Australia player as opponents and they were all just a little too good for me.
“I really enjoyed the competition and will hopefully make it again to next year’s National Australian Veteran Championship in Bendigo,” John said
John was the first veteran from the Yarrawonga Mulwala Table Tennis Association to play in a national championship. The club has been represented nationally on a junior level, more recently with Amber Gower who travelled to the Junior National Championships in Tasmania earlier in the year.
John also thanked all the following sponsors who assisted him to compete in WA along with the local table tennis club; Andrew Goldman, CMCU, Yarrawonga Heating & Cooling, Bi-Rite Electrical, Burkes Hotel, Acacia Auto Electrics, Yarrawonga Refrigeration & Air-conditioning, Peter Hill Honda, Lioness Club, Golden Inn and La Porchetta Restaurants, Backup Security, Australian K9 Detection Unit and Williams Australia.