Lemon Quay goes Ping! Crazy with help from Paralympic Athlete!
As part of a national campaign to get more involved in playing table tennis Ping! Cornwall took to Lemon Quay in Truro last Friday evening with the first ever outdoor Ping! Hardbat Championship. 8 Ping! tables took over the quay and saw over 100 people play informal Ping! during the evening.
The Hardbat Championship saw 24 individuals closely compete it out for the coveted award, this included 2012 Paraolympian David Wetherill, who had just returned from the Korean PTT Open in Icheon, Korea where he reached the finals, and some of Cornwall's finest table tennis players including Chris Brown from the ETTA, Adrian Noott and Mat Trevorrow.
With the hardbat and the wind being the leveller David Wetherill went on to beat Mat Trevarrow in a closely fought final and be crowned the 2013 Ping! Cornwall Hardbat Champion.
David went on to say "It's always great being back in Cornwall and to have the chance see so many people joining in and playing table tennis on the Quay was fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I know quite a few people were eager to have the chance to try and beat me...hopefully they'll now be practicing and will have an even better chance next time! Obviously I'm delighted with winning - I wasn't taking any Cornish prisoners - if it means free pasties for life then it would rank up there amongst my greatest of achievements!"
Tim Marrion, Partnership Services Manager from the Cornwall Sports Partnership who in partnership with Event Cornwall have been delivering Ping! Cornwall said 'It was great to see such a high level of table tennis played out in the open on Lemon Quay alongside the informal version of the game where people could just pitch up and play, we even had a stag do come over from Weatherspoons and join in! David is a true role model to us all and it was great to see his skills close up inspiring others to play the game'
Ping! Cornwall will continue to pop up during August with the 'King of Ping!' taking place at Heartlands on Sunday 25th August.