Dave Delpratt is heading off to the Delhi Commonwealth Games to umpire table tennis.
Dave Delpratt is heading off to the Delhi Commonwealth Games to umpire table tennis. Scottie Simmonds

Bundy umpire officiates at Games

BUNDABERG umpire David Delpratt will put his skills to the test at the top level when the Delhi Commonwealth Games start next week.

The Bundaberg Table Tennis Association stalwart left for India this week to get acclimatised to Delhi before competition begins on Tuesday.

Delpratt said he would need all the rest he could get in the lead-up to his two-week stint in the umpire's chair.

“At that level, umpiring can be absolutely exhausting,” he said.

“It's fast paced and there's no room for error so there's a lot of pressure.”

“It is nothing for these guys to belt a ball 150kmh at each other, so you need to be on your game at all times.”

It will be Delpratt's second stint with the Commonwealth Games umpiring team after lending his services to the Melbourne games in 2006.

“It's not going to be a walk in the park, but it's going to be a great experience,” he said.

“I'm really looking forward to getting out there and seeing how the sport has progressed.”

Delpratt hopes to be able to take a break to enjoy the appearance of Australian table tennis representatives William Henzell and Jian Fang Lay.

“They are at the forefront of the game right now and I'm sure they will be playing a pretty interesting brand of tennis,” he said.

“The sheer speed and skill that athletes play with at this level is breathtaking.”



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