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Reese and Dietrich dominate Namibian Youth Table Tennis Championships

Author: NTTA, 21/06/16

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The Namibia Youth Championships were held on Saturday, 18 June 2016. Although the event did not produce any real up-sets, the high standard of table tennis was appreciated by the large turnout of players and supporters. Reese Saunderson and Dietrich Möwes won all their events to collect 3 gold medals each.

Both under 18 boys and girls events were two-horse races. The girl’s event saw no.1 seed from the Oranjemund Private School, Reese Saunderson, battling it out with the no.2 seed from Windhoek Gymnasium, Kaitlyn Beukes. Reese had the edge with 3-0 over Kaitlyn to claim the gold medal for the 3rd consecutive year. Bronze medal winners were Nangula Iita and Tanya Masters from Holy Cross Convent. Nangula then went on to win the under 15 girls final with Jana Hein and Tanya Masters in silver and bronze medal positions respectively, to claim a clean sweep for the Holy Cross Convent School.

Dietrich Möwes (St Georges Diocesan) took revenge with 3-0 on fellow SKW clubmate, Yannick Bohn (DHPS) who beat him at the Seasons Open, to claim gold in boys under 18. Bronze medals went to Kean Tait (Windhoek Gymnasium) and Delton Dreyer (Mariental High School). The under 15 event was won by Patrick Beggs (DHPS) when he narrowly beat Raimo Dengeinge (DHPS) to claim gold. The Bronze medal was won by Daneel van der Walt of Windhoek Gymnasium, who produced some fine table tennis and almost upset some of the higher ranked more senior players.

Raimo Dengeinge serving to Daneel van der Walt in the boys under 15 semi-final

A number of young athletes made sure that the table tennis community take notice of them. Big things can be expected in future from players like Fortune Hashoongo, Tiaan Hein, Luca Kessleman, Maximilan Bock, Uatjiri Hewicke, Raica Coelho and Cecile Voigts who are all still 12 and younger.

Raica and Cecile claimed the silver medal in the doubles event!

It was very encouraging to have a large amount of entries from Dr Lemmer and Rehoboth High School. Most of these players are still at beginner level but we are sure that Mr de Koker and Ms Melissa van Wyk will develop them to become the table tennis force at junior and school level that these two schools were once renowned for. The boys from Mariental, Delton Dreyer and Ewan Orlam, also gave a good account of themselves and we look forward to host more players from this town at future events.

The Namibia Table Tennis Association (NTTA) is pleased to see the increase in the number of youngsters under the age of 12 and players and schools interested in taking up table tennis can contact Theo Beukes, the NTTA Development Officer, at info.ntta@gmail.com.

The complete results are as follows:

Girls Under 15 singles:

1. Nangula Iita

2. Jana Hein

3. Tanya Masters

Boys Under 15 singles:

1. Patrick Beggs

2. Raimo Dengeinge

3. Daneel van der Walt

Girls under 18 singles:

1. Reese Saunderson

2. Kaitlyn Beukes

3. Tanya Masters and Nangula Iita

Boys under 18 singles:

1. Dietrich Mowes

2. Yannick Bohn

3. Kean Tait and Delton Dreyer

Boys Doubles:

1. Dietrich and Yannick

2. Kean and Patrick

3. Delton Dreyer and Ewan Orlam

Girls Doubles:

1. Kaitlyn and Reese

2. Cecile and Raica

3. Tanya and Iita

Mixed Doubles:

1. Dietrich and Reese

2. Kaitlyn and Yannich

3. Raimo and Nangula

Anyone interested in taking up table tennis may contact the NTTA as soon as possible. This can be done via their website, http://namtta.leaguerepublic.com/, via email info.ntta@gmail.com or Facebook. All upcoming tournament dates are available on the NTTA website / Facebook page.

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