Delpratt sets his sights on Commonwealth Games
BUNDABERG'S Dave Delpratt has praised the facilities at Rio after being there for the Olympic Games.
After a busy month as the deputy referee for the table tennis for the duration of the event, Delpratt returned home this week.
With the task of making sure everything was run to time and no problems occurred, Delprate oversaw almost everything in the 12 days of action.
Delpratt said the Games were a great success.
"Our venue was very good and everyone was impressed," he said.
"I didn't hear one complaint from the competitors throughout the event."
Getting some time to sightsee as well, Delpratt loved everything Brazil had to offer, including the opening ceremony.
"It's a spectacular place with so many different hills and mountains that are fantastic to look at," he said.
"The opening ceremony was also good and the lighting events was just unreal."
With a seat as well to watch the best table tennis players, Delpratt got to check out plenty of action.
The 64-year-old said he was hoping to teach what he saw to the juniors of the region.
"A lot of their success is technique based but there is also plenty of drive involved," he said.
"A number of times I saw players come back from seemingly hopeless positions to win."
"That's what I'd like to get across to the juniors and the techniques will come from the drive to compete."
Despite enjoying his trip to Rio, Delpratt conceded it might be his last Olympic Games.
He said the next big event for him would be the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games where he's hoping to be a referee again.