Bundy kids to fly state flag
A RECORD number of Bundaberg juniors will represent the state at the upcoming Australian Table Tennis Championships.
A team of 10 promising Bundaberg Table Tennis juniors will travel to the Gold Coast this weekend for the week-long competition to be held at the Rainbow Bay Sports Centre.
Bundaberg Table Tennis development officer Dave Delpratt said the selections were a triumph for the region.
“Nearly a third of the entire Queensland team is from Bundaberg which is a pretty extraordinary achievement,” he said.
“There’s been a lot of hard work put in by those kids and they deserve to be congratulated.”
All eyes will be on current Queensland under-13s champion Courtney Rose who will play upwards of 30 games during the event while competing in both the singles and team categories.
Seeded No.7, Rose will enter the competition buoyed by her recent wins in the women’s open singles, under-18s girls’ singles and under-13 girls’ singles categories of the Bundaberg Closed Open tournament.
Delpratt has predicted Rose’s attacking flat-hitting style to serve her well in Runaway Bay.
“She’s in fantastic form at the moment and is going to be pretty tough to beat,” he said.
The emerging table tennis star has been keeping some of the more seasoned Bundaberg Table Tennis players on their toes.
“She might be small but she’s known for producing some hard hits,” Delpratt said.
“A few of our senior men have been having some awful tight rallies with her.”