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21/6/2024

NEW CLUB UPDATES

 

WE ARE ON THE MOVE.

Hey there SEQ members and parents! Here is a detailed update on our wild ride at SEQ Table Tennis Club. Big news - we're on the move! Our final day at Sky Stadium is this Sunday, June 23rd. 12PM  .

 

SEQ club is Merging with QIA Sport Arenas in both Underwood and Browns Plains facilities . 

UNDERWOOD QIA- 3269 LOGAN ROAD UNDERWOOD

BROWNS PLAINS QIA- 40 JOHNSON ROAD HILLCREST

 

OPENING DATE

 

Official Opening date will be July 8th- Apologies to all members during this period as we need 2 weeks to prepare the area. However, we will have a training area available for access members during this time between 23rd June and 8th of July at our underwood location- Access members Please contact me directly during this period to book your playing time - 0467 895 252. Sorry for any convenience during this time . 

NEW FACILITY INFO

 SEQ's new home base will be primarily at QIA Sports Arena in Underwood! With plenty of room to expand and improve our sport, including a full time, open 7 days per week  top floor equipped  with taraflex floor training area, club office , shop display , parents seating area and finally we have air conditioning. The main Playing area downstairs can hold up to 24 tables for larger events and more spacious group training sessions- QIA is a multisport facility so on dedicated table tennis sessions will be setting up and setting down the playing areas, whilst our upstairs training area will be setup full time for access members and training groups. Both areas has large changerooms, showers, male + female amenities and a cafe. Exciting plans for holiday camps in the future.  

 

Browns Plains centre also has the ability to hold 24 tables for larger events and sessions - so between 2 locations - we have big plans to further grow our sport.

JUNIOR TRAINING - WHATS CHANGED   

Ok so the Junior Training schedule what most the parents are eager to hear- Exciting changes coming up for Term 3! Our junior program is always growing and evolving to provide the best experience for our juniors-  A big shoutout to all the players, parents, and coaches for their amazing efforts over the past two years - Our development program has proven to be leading the way in QLD -  with impressive results and  top achievements . Dominating the under 11 + 13 scene which is our clubs primary focus- We are most pleased to  have now have our next  group of up and coming  6-10 -year-old players  preparing for next year to debut , our club's focus on creating a fun and active environment has really set the benchmark in our state in junior development . We couldn't be prouder of our club and the amazing progress we've made together!"


OK so what is the plan  for Term 3-  with some important changes and new session times on the horizon! We're introducing a new and improved program for our aspiring juniors,  These sessions are exclusively for students who have been a part of our club system, are actively training and competing  and looking to take it to the next level. We'll be matching groups of 4 kids per 1 coach  and providing personalized coaching for maximum improvement. We're moving away from our previous model of large group training sessions to now smaller sessions. Costwise our club are happy to offer no increase in fees but will now offer smaller groups of training. Please refer to our pricing page for term 3. https://www.seqtabletennis.com/pricing

Parents, make sure to secure your preferred coach, day, and time quickly so we can accommodate everyone's schedules. Larger group training will now only be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 pm where most our beginner training will take place -  Please see attached schedule for term 3. 

 



 

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To Register- please text or email Gio to confirm your training time , we will  be in close contact  to propose a few options for training programs to all parents, - July 8th  Term 3 will kick off- please get in quick to confirm your spot.

GOVERNMENT GRANT-FAIR PLAY VOUCHER

All parents - please don't miss this opportunity , from July 1st all kids between the ages 5-17 will have access to a $200 voucher to go towards to your term fees - please follow the link- keep up to date and make sure you apply. 

https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/fairplay

WAITING LIST 

To all our new  families and kids currently on the waiting list, we appreciate your patience as you get ready to start your table tennis journey. Our new location now allows us to welcome new beginners on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Underwood location  from 5-7 pm, and on Tuesdays from 5-6 pm at our Browns Plains location. Our beginner classes will focus passing our stage 1 program building hand-eye coordination, balance, and timing drills to help develop skills that can be used in all future sports activities. Please reach out via email -Gio@seqtabletennis to confirm your spot for Term 3. 

HITTING PARTNER PROGRAM

 introducing our new 'Book a Hitting Partner' option! If you're new to table tennis and looking for a way to get started, now you can pre book a hitting partner for a 60-minute session. You can engage in exercises, drills, or matches with your partner. This feature is also open to our junior roster, allowing them to book higher-level players for training sessions, drills, and matches. Booking a partner is a fantastic addition to our club program, offering a fun and interactive way to improve your skills on the table!"

ACCESS MEMBERS

Access Members!  Tables will still be available from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, and on Wednesday and Thursday nights after 7 pm for social times-  Additionally, the upstairs training room will be open 7 days a week for Access members, but you'll need to book in advance to secure your table upstairs-  I’m sure the transition into the new location will be a seamless one – looking forward to see you all July 8th 10am for the first opening to welcome everybody back to our popular daytime time playing group. 

ADULT BEGINNER TRAINING- CHANGE

Adults, we've got a quick update on our group training sessions. Unfortunately, our popular Monday afternoon adults session  with Seref will be taking a short break in Term 3. But don't worry, for our regular adults who usually join us on Mondays, we've got you covered with a 1-4 pm session to keep up your training during Term 3. We're just taking a little break from opening this session to the public for now. Stay tuned for updates on when we'll bring back the Monday afternoon session for everyone!

SUPER LEAGUE/COMPETITION

 With now access to 24 tables Browns Plains , 24 tables in underwood- this means more  events and regular rated events for all divisions, especially our young gun divisions ready to  really amp up the competition season. Please as normal keep a lookout at our event list via club app .

 

Exciting news also We are currently are working  on a  merge  with our friends at BTTA to combine our Super League with their team fixtures. This collaboration aims to create the ultimate competitive club vs. club fixture season, bringing together players to compete against one another , this is a big step forward not just for our club, but for clubs across Brisbane to have this platform and depth to introduce new players into competitive team building environment. Get ready to represent your club and be a part of the biggest team fixtures in QLD,  more to come on this soon. 

CLUB LIFE MEMBERS/SOCIAL TIMES

We have a growing member base of life members at SEQ- lets run through what this move means for you - If you are a life member at our club then then you can expect to have the same benefits , access to our club app, junior programs, $10 social sessions and discounted table hire- Our social times will be on wed + thurs night at 7pm - expect bigger and better social sessions for us all to enjoy. 

PICKLEBALL CLUB LAUNCH

Relax all you table tennis enthusiasts, don't worry, we're not letting pickleball take over just yet! Introducing another sport within our club is a positive step, and pickleball is a rapidly growing sport with immense potential. We're thrilled to embark on a new journey to develop junior players, host events, and who knows, maybe aim for state titles in the future too! Currently, we have a junior squad starting on Tuesdays at 5 pm, social games at 7 pm in Browns Plains, and a social night at Underwood on Sunday night at 7pm. Please all parents reach out and keep up to date with programs and events to get involved. 

 

MESSAGE FROM GIO

 

Firstly, I have to thank Rye, the volunteer of the decade, has spent endless hours at the club lending a hand and there is no chance we could move without him, if you see him around please give him a big thanks , mostly appreciated- next   i want to send out my gratitude to our club owner Sam who has supported us through all the way and has always made decisions which best benefited our junior players and members, he genuinely has made this all possible for all the right reasons to encourage healthy engagement and kids development both on and off the court and on behalf of all the members we thank you .    

I want to express my  thanks to our incredible members and dedicated coaching team who have played a pivotal role in our club, The decision to move our club to a new location has been over 12 months in the making, with careful planning and consideration . I  firmly believe that this move will have a positive impact , creating job opportunities within our club and Together, we are building a stronger and more active sporting community for all to enjoy. Thank you for your continued support and dedication. I welcome all members to be able to contact me anytime with any questions, i am here to make sure we can all transition well and looking forward to the next chapter. Thanks all and see you soon .. 

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LOOKING FOR HITTING PARTNERS??

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Access Members + Club Members- Our club is open for 7 days per week - our access times for table hire are available-

10AM- 4PM + 7PM-  - MONDAY - FRIDAY

7PM-10PM WED+ THURS SOCIAL SESSION 

During these available times + social nights you are more our hall is open for play- so we have created a list displayed at our club for members to link up and find training partners- to be added to the list please send over your name, rating and contact details and we can add you or please feel free to contact other members on the list to organise your next session . Please see below lists .

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QUEENSLAND JUNIOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
1ST-4TH APRIL 2024

 

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Our club module has always been encouraging fun, friendships and community first, who knew that would lead to such strong results. 

Huge success at this years Qld State Championships- %90 of our junior players are under the age of 13, SEQ had the highest participation and the best results across the state in the under 11 + 13 divisions - We Focus heavily on local development of kids and we are super proud of our players for dominating their respective divisions. Congrats 

UNDER 11 BOYS- BRONZE

UNDER 11 GIRLS- GOLD + SILVER

UNDER 13 GIRLS- GOLD

UNDER 13 BOYS- GOLD+ BRONZE

The results were great - but not most important , Our club was most pleased with the way our players conducted themselves throughout this event - their smiles and attitude were always on display and we were really proud of their sportsmanship on and off the court. Most players competing started with our club as a complete beginner , within such a short period of time they are on the biggest stage challenging them selves and came home with such strong results - well done . 

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UNDER 11 GIRLS TEAMS  GOLD+ SILVER

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GOLD- Bethany Wang, Eliya Kan 

SILVER- Maryam Deen, Aisha Ihsan , Chloe Wu

Amazing result for these girls- To be honest, I cant say we trained much, these girls spent more time building cubby houses and doing  handstands then we played table tennis ,  For all girls this is their very first time entering a state championships and have only played for such a short time  - we had so much fun watching them develop and they bring so much life to the club, not to mention the parents always bringing food , to be honest we  added a few extra sessions around dinner time during the week to score some left over delicious food and some how that lead to alot of medals (:

No really, huge congrats these girls are super talented and they all have another year and some even 2 years to go in under 11 bracket, they will continue to improve and we are so lucky to have such a great group of girls at SEQ. 

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UNDER 11 BOYS TEAMS        BRONZE 

Vihan Mahto + Pacer Lu - where do we start with these 2 characters - Both their first state championships and really huge effort.. Vihan aka VEE- HONEY- Got to be the most talented kid on the planet but we cant get this kid to move his legs , so he swung  his team to a bronze with very limited movement - unless he is hungry then he moves fast ... Vihan is a super talent, plays long pimples on the backhand and smooth on the forehand, younger brother of Aarav Mahto. Keep it up Vee- Honey .

Pacer Lu - Clutch match in the final round securing the bronze medal in teams - Pacer still have another 2 years in the under 11 division and is showing some really strong improvement and commitment- keep up the great work.

 

We must mention Coach Hayden Green for taking care of so many teams during the event - he has a fantastic way with the kids and really made a huge difference in their journey to bronze. (:

UNDER 13 GIRLS TEAMS        GOLD

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Lin Zhu + Angela Yuan - Pocket Rocket duo - These Girls are only 9 years old and really leading the way in QLD setting a high standard for all young girls and boys- Angela Yuan has only recently joined our club from Gold coast, she lives 6 months of the year in QLD and the rest training in Japan , Angela takes her training very seriously and its been an honour to welcome her to Join Lin - we put these 2 girls up to the under 13 division to have  tougher competition and preparation for the upcoming  National Tournament -

They finished undefeated in the teams - maybe we should of put them in the under 17 division (: Absolute Champions 

UNDER 13 BOYS TEAMS        GOLD+ BRONZE

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GOLD- Boris Zhang, Jaden Cao

BRONZE- Brayden Kan, Ian Cao

Jaden + Ian we remember from day 1 - these 2 little crazy kids joined a come and try free day and was hooked on table tennis- always makes me happy to see them improving and enjoying their journey in the sport - they both had really good moments during this tournament - they are doing a great job and are super popular amongst the player group. Well done Boys .

Boris Zhang is one mentally tough opponent - Comes up extremely clutch when it matters most and always delivers a solid effort- We must add his Dad Kratos to this team- he made such a positive impact on Boris and jaden, Always seemed to call the right time out at the perfect time to lift them when they needed it . Congrats 

Brayden kan is one of our first long time members along with his family Eliza, Billy and Eliya - huge part of our club and Brayden has shown so much improvement , really putting him self up there with the top under 13 kids in the state- beast mode Brayden showed up this states and made us all very proud- keep up the good work Brayden . 

UNDER 11 +13 GIRLS SINGLES   CHAMPION - LIN ZHU

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9 Year Old Lin Zhu from Macgregor State school is truly an inspiration - Winning not only the Under 11 Girls title but Also winning the under 13 is a remarkable accomplishment - Lin is such an inspiration to Brisbane Living players to know that it is possible if your willing to put in the hard work - Lin's on court achievement's continue to surprise us all and  her manner and sportsmanship is really admirable - Lin takes part in all QLD events, club fixtures, never misses any tournaments, will join anything and everything that she can, she practices with everybody and its great to see what can be achieved with so much dedication - congrats to her Mom + Coach Anna for being side by side every step of the way- so many hours each week, together they are such an amazing team and we are so proud of Lins achievements- Bright future ahead - as she prepares for upcoming national event in July .  

UNDER 13 BOYS  SINGLES   CHAMPION - BORIS ZHANG

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Boris Zhang, Mr Clutch always finds a way to victory  - super mentally tough player - Boris originally developed his table tennis skills at the Wynumm table tennis association - We were lucky to have him bring his talents over to SEQ, he has assisted strongly in lifting the level of other  players at our club and its been great to see Boris further continue his progress - Keep going Boris . Super proud . 

ENCOURAGMENT AWARD
SKYLAR YU

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Congratulations Skylar - This year we are honoured to present you with this award- Skylar played his first event in the Presidents team this year and has such a fantastic demeanor on and off the court- Skylar regularly competes in the young gun league and always works hard during training - Very polite and well mannered and we we want encourage you all the way to continue your journey- we have made a new bat and rubbers to gift to you to show our appreciation  - come and collect your gift- Conrgats 

OUR COACHES

ANNA, SEREF + HAYDEN

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Our club has a real diverse mix of coaches to accommodate all ages and levels - Much Appreciation for our coaches- want to say thank you for your efforts during the lead up to our state run. 

Seref Bakany - where do we start with this stud- I am pretty sure that when it comes to developing new junior players with great results , he has his finger prints on most the juniors in all clubs across QLD ,  - he has brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our club and is always accessible to lend a hand wherever needed - a great asset to SEQ- 

Coach Anna has really boosted our young female junior roster along side her daughter Lin Zhu leading the way, she has brought a much more disciplinary approach to our program and is continuing to develop local talent at SEQ- thanks for all your hard work preparing our team. 

Coach Hayden does it all- fantastic with the younger kids who are new to table tennis and also great at running our state squad sessions - Hayden did such a great job during the states taking care all our kids , Thankyou Hayden . 

Thankyou to all Parents that have committed to support the kids throughout , this years state championships was a great experience - thankyou . 

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