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National Deaf Table Tennis Championships
This blog has been written by Andrew Calloway, Chairman.
UK Deaf Table Tennis Association (UKDTTA) was formed in November 2007 from humble beginnings and gradually consolidated with the introduction of training camps; website; sending GB squads at major international events etc.
In June 2010 saw us introduce our very own 1st National Deaf Championships, this was held at Woodfield TTC, Wolverhampton.
At our 2nd championships in 2011, we managed to secure sponsorship with Zebra Uno and this provides the award winning trophies and also helps toward venue hire. The event has been a great success and for the 4th year running shall be held at the same venue again this year, and hopefully Zebra Uno shall be our sponsors for a 3rd time.
This event is now a key date in the deaf calendar for table tennis players and is also published in the ETTA website and has also been covered at the DSPY10 & DSY12 awards evenings.
The event is obviously only open to deaf & hard of hearing players throughout the country, however, anyone can enter, and they don't have to be members. The general playing format consists of Open Singles; Open Doubles; Handicap Singles and a Consolation event (if time permits). This normally takes all day from a 9:00am playing start to the presentation at about 6:00pm. Trophies are presented to all winners & runner-ups of each event.
The event is an important event for prospective future GB players as doing well at these championships is a good credit to have, when it comes to selections.
The main prestigious event is the Open Singles, of which the annual shield trophy was donated by the late John Gilmour. Since its start, Nicholas Gilmour (Son), has won each year and is now going for his 4th consecutive championship title!