Table Tennis Australia (TTA) and Paralympics Australia has partnered to establish a coaching working group with the aim of developing the next generation of Para-table tennis stars.
The working group includes all states and territories in Australia.
TTA promised the working group will focus on developing skills of coaches that are specific to Para-table tennis.
TTA’s national programme manager Sue Stevenson said the working group continues work conducted by national head coach of para-table tennis Alois Rosario and Ross Pinder, Paralympics Australia’s skills acquisition specialist.
"Alois Rosario has been working with Ross Pinder over the last five years within our Para high performance programme developing a coaching model that challenges the traditional way of on table training and the results have been outstanding," said Stevenson.
"With coach education being one of TTA’s strategic priorities specifically on ‘creating a culture of working together to create internationally competitive athletes’ we wanted to share our knowledge on the success we have achieved within our national Para HP Program by firstly establishing this Para Coaches Group and then by developing a series of coach education seminars specifically for coaches working with Para-athletes in partnership with Paralympics Australia."
The project is set to be supported by a new video content series produced by Paralympics Australia.
It is planned that videos will feature input from experts in a range of high-performance fields as well as the very best table-tennis knowledge and experience available in Australia.
"During this pivotal time for the Australian Paralympic Movement, Paralympics Australia is particularly proud of our partnership with Table Tennis Australia," Lynne Anderson, Paralympics Australia chief executive, said.
"The wonderful staff at TTA continue to engage strongly with Paralympics Australia expertise, including our skill acquisition specialist Dr. Ross Pinder, to work with coaching staff and podium potential athletes to scrutinise international performances and opponents and determine what to work on in their next training phases.
"Further to this, as a result of the work done with Dr. Pinder and our other Paralympics Australia staff, we have been pleased to see Table Tennis Australia embrace a new way of thinking and invest in new technology and resources to fill gaps in individual performances.
"All this has been achieved responsibly in a challenging financial environment for the sporting industry.
"The value of our partnership continues to deliver."