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Table Tennis

TABLE TENNIS IRELAND (MUNSTER BRANCH) EMBRACES INCLUSION

 

The Table Tennis Ireland‘s Munster Open Competition is being held at the Neptune Stadium, Cork City over the weekend 15-17 January 2016. This year’s event is historic because, for the first time ever, there is provision of a competitive category for players with a disability, both physical and intellectual. Competition in this category is scheduled to commence at 12.00 pm on Sunday 17th and it promises to be an exciting day for all.

This development in Munster table tennis has come about as a result of efforts by Beech Hill Table Tennis Club in Cork to promote greater awareness of the concept of sport for all within the table tennis community, following similar achievements in Cork in soccer, judo and basketball. Beech Hill Table Tennis Club’s philosophy is one of inclusion, based on the basic tenet that embracing diversity is essential for a healthy club. Many in the Club would go further and say that the embracement of diversity is essential for a healthy sport. Founded in 2001 by Rory O’Connor and Terence McSweeney, it has almost been a mission statement for the Club, in its 15 years of existence, to do it’s best to increase awareness among the table tennis playing community in Cork of the need to, and the rewards arising from, having an inclusive approach to the playing of our sport. Hence you will find among its members mainstream, paralympic and intellectually impaired players. The Club calls upon Special Olympic table tennis clubs in Munster to enter players in the Competition – details are available on the Munster Branch Table Tennis Ireland website.

Contact Philip Shaw at 085 1441961 or Eoin Kelly at 087 0509147 for further details.

 

Action from the 2015 SportsAbility Day held at the UCC Mardyke Arena, this years event will take place on April 9th 2016.

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