Cape Town Table Tennis (CTTT) represented by players from clubs across the city, including those from the Salt River-based Community House Table Tennis, gave a good account of themselves across all divisions – vets, para, junior and senior – at the SA Open Championships, at the Proteaville Recreation Centre, in Bellville, a fortnight ago.
Community House Table Tennis Club’s Tiago Faria, 18, about to deliver a service during an under-19 knockout match, at the SA Open table tennis championships. Tiago impressed in the early rounds but dropped out in the round of 16. Picture: Fuad Esack
Community House’s Tashreeq Baba, seen here in action during a round of 32 match, competed in the under-19 division at the SA Open. Picture: Fuad Esack
Boundary Table Tennis Club’s Mohammed Dadaker, 12, a Grade 6 pupil at Forres Preparatory School in Rondebosch, keeps his eye on the ball during an under-13 knockout match at the SA open championships. The eldest of three siblings in action at the SA Open, Mohammed won two gold medals and a silver in his division – gold in the under-13 team event, gold in doubles under-13 and silver in the under-13 singles competition. Picture: Fuad Esack
Boundary’s Zaeem Dadeker, 10, a Grade 4 pupil at Bishops Preparatory School, the only player at the SA Open to win four gold medals in one division – gold in under-11 team event, gold in under-11 doubles, gold in mixed doubles and gold in the under-11 singles competition. Picture: Fuad Esack
The Dadeker siblings, from left Sameena, 9, a Grade 3 pupil at Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School, Zaeem, 10 and Mohammed, 12 with their haul of silverware won at the SA Open table tennis championships, in Bellville, a fortnight ago.
Duinefontein Table Tennis Club‘s Rochica Sonday, 14, from Lavender Hill, was crowned under 15 and 19 champion and named player of the tournament along with Boundary Table Tennis Club’s Tamika van As. Picture: Fuad Esack
Boundary Table Tennis Club’s Tamika van As, 10, from Bonteheuwel was named player of the tournament after winnning gold in the girls’ under-11 and under-13 singles events; under-11 doubles and team events and helping CTTT win silver in the mixed doubles competition. Picture: Fuad Esack
Under -5 bronze medallist and under -9 quarter-finalist, Nashwin Pienaar, 14, from Lavender Hill and a member Shiloh Topspinners Table Tennis Club in action at the SA Open championships. Picture: Fuad Esack
Community House Table Tennis Club’s Tiago Faria a picture of concentration during the knockout stages at the SA Open table tennis championships. Picture: Fuad Esack
Community House’s Jody Galant, 17, in action during the knock out stages of the fiercely contested under-19 division, at the SA Open. Jody collected a bronze medal after going down to Dean Levy from Johannesburg, who ultimately lost to Cape Town’s Liam Beukes in the final. Picture: Fuad Esack
Duinefontein Table Table Tennis Club’s Cowen Lodewyk, came in as defending singles champion in the under-19 division, but lost the quarter-final. He and ultimate winner Liam won doubles and also under 19 boys team event. Picture: Fuad Esack
Duinefontein Table Tennis Club’s Wayden Brown, 12, from Lavender Hill, an under 13 quarter-finalist and under -5 bronze medallist. Picture: Fuad Esack
Shiloh Top Spinners Table Tennis Club’s Liam Beukes, 19, owned the under-19 division, winning gold to claim his second under-19 SA singles title. Beukes won his first SA singles title in Bloemfontein in 2021. Last year he won silver at the nationals in Durban and is now part of the team representing the country at the BRICS Games in Durban later this month. Picture: Fuad Esack