Cloverdale Venue – foreground match between Sasan Shariati (Left) and Artur Herter

Yesterday I played in the Cloverdale Recreation Centre’s second-annual Table Tennis Tournament, and the closest I came to winning a match was in the 55+ division. It was against a more highly rated player that I don’t think I had ever won a game from before. Although I lost the match 3 games to 2, I only lost the fifth and final game by two points. Afterwards, my opponent commented on how much my playing has improved, which I am sure will please my coaches at the North Shore table tennis club – Luba & Svetlana.
The tournament itself was very well run by the recreation centre staff with assistance from the BCTTA. The facility, equipment, and set –up were great – Kudos to the organizers –Francois & Sasan, and those who assisted them.
Next weekend I will be playing another tournament, this time in Richmond. It is the 2015 Pan-Asia Pacific Open, which is being presented by the B.C. Table Tennis Association, and sanctioned by Table Tennis Canada. I am looking forward to re-establishing a BCTTA rating, and seeing top level players competing in the open division.
This includes Canada’s top ranked women Mo Zhang, who now lives in BC, and was at the Northshore Table Tennis club on Friday. If you want to see some really exciting table tennis, watch Mo Zhang play in the open singles in Richmond next Sunday – matches start at 1030 am.