The Women’s Table Tennis team that took part in the Region 5 Championships in Gaborone, Botswana last week brought home brozne medals after scooping 3rd place at the games.
The competition was dominated by South Africa who won all the gold medals on offer, the marketing manager and public relations officer of Namibia Table Tennis Association (NTTA) Heiko Fleidl said.
“Despite their lack of experience at international level, these young ladies stood their ground against their competitors. The men’s team had to settle for 6th place. Despite winning a number of individual matches against strong competition, it was not enough to secure a higher position in the team event,” Fleidl said.
He added that the competition, especially in the men’s category, was extremely tough and team captains did an excellent job in keeping their teams motivated and focused.
The men’s team took up the 6th place albeit they won a number of individual matches against strong competition.
The team which returned home this week is now looking forward to taking part in other local and international competitions.
“We still have a long list of local and international games lined up on our calendar. in some games one loses and in some games one wins. The good thing about losing is you learn what your weakness is then you continue working on it to improve your game play. I am positive about both our teams because we have very good players. We just need to look at some of the minor issues here and there then we are good to go for any competition,” Fleidl said.
He added that all the players have performed exceptionally very well and only needs to improve their game play by taking part in more local competitions and afterwards they will be well prepared to take part in international competitions.