2020 National Table Tennis Combined Championships to Proceed
The 2020 National Veterans Championships and 2020 National Senior, Youth, Junior & Para Championships will take place in Latrobe Valley in November and December during a jam packed 18 days of competition, aligning multiple national championship events for the first time ever.
The 2020 National Veterans' Championships and 2020 National Senior, Youth, Junior & Para Championships will be delivered by Table Tennis Australia (TTA) with support from Latrobe City Council and Destination Gippsland.
The Event is expected to attract a total of 2,200 participants, officials and spectators across multiple competitions, generating an estimated 16,600 bed nights and a $4.63 Million economic impact for the Gippsland region. All events will be conducted at the Traralgon Sports Stadium.
The event will be subject to strict compliance with COVID-19 regulations and all necessary approvals will be obtained from VIC Health and the Victorian Government. The timing of this event will offer a great opportunity for local businesses and the wider economy in Gippsland to bounce back following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 National Veterans Championships will be held from the 28th November – 5th December and the 2020 National Senior, Youth, Junior & Para Championships will be held from the 11th -20th of December.
Mayor of Latrobe City Council, Dan Clancey, said the region was delighted to host the TTA National Championships at the upgraded Traralgon Sports Stadium.
“It will be our first opportunity to showcase the facility to a local and national audience,” he said. “We’ve built a strong reputation as a venue destination for state, national and even international sports tournaments with our top quality facilities, easy access, accommodation options and engaged audiences. Our community loves to watch athletes perform, hosting significant events in our region is inspirational for our future, young sports stars.”
Destination Gippsland CEO, Terry Robinson said this was a great event for Latrobe City and Council was to be congratulated on the state-of-the-art facilities. He said hosting such events provided the opportunity to significantly contribute to the overall visitor economy.
TTA Chief Executive Officer, Scott Houston, was very pleased to make the announcement with restrictions being eased in most states around Australia and spectators starting to be allowed back into sporting venues.
“We were very mindful of the feedback provided in the player survey, around players still intending to compete in national events this year and a desire to see the events pushed back as late as possible,” Scott said. “TTA now has time to prepare all required health and safety initiatives to ensure the events can safely proceed’.
Scott said Traralgon Sports Stadium ticked every box. The stadium was fully rebuilt and offers ample space, which is crucial from a social distancing perspective. The venue has 8 basketball courts and TTA will use all of them to fit the estimated 40 tables required for the events.
National Events Director, Jason Sleeman, said this was a great example of how a National Sporting Organisation had adapted its events to comply with COVID-19 safe guidelines to ensure the event could proceed.
To find out about events placement in recovery, talk to Jason on 0401 359 537.