Dave will keep score at Games

By BRONWYN CUMMINGS

YOU will often find Dave Delpratt with a paddle in hand and a table tennis ball bouncing across the table, but it is not his playing skills that saw him selected for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Mr Delpratt is an international table tennis umpire, who today jets off to Melbourne to start keeping score.

"I have never been to a Commonwealth Games before so I am really excited,'' Mr Delpratt said.

"It will be great to be there because Australia has a reasonably good chance of getting a medal.''

Mr Delpratt is not new to international umpiring - he umpired during the 2004 Olympics in Athens, the Paralympics in Sydney and also the International Table Tennis Pro-Tour Finals in 2000.

He has also been to a number of world championships.

"Being in the atmosphere of the international competitions is an incredible feeling,'' he said.

But it is not just the table tennis Mr Delpratt will have his eye on during the Commonwealth Games.

"I would like to see some badminton and maybe some athletics and cycling,'' he said.



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