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Team England To Practice At Brisbane Table Tennis Prior To The Commonwealth Games

Team England Bound For Brisbane

An 11-strong Team squad from Team England will practice at the Brisbane Table Tennis club just prior to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. 

This year Team England's cohort consists of eight able bodies and three para competitors. 

They will face off against a strong Australian and more than 40 nations from across the Commonwealth. 


sam walker from Team England

The Commonwealth Games competition will be played just a short drive from the Brisbane Club. Representatives will compete in two stadia, one for preliminary rounds and one with two massive show courts. Both of which are a converted movie and sound stages at the Oxenford Studios. 

Table Tennis First Played In England 

The sport of Table Tennis was first played in England in the 19th century. The English upper classes played Table Tennis using books as nets, champagne corks as balls and cigar box lids as racquets. 

The game can certainly changed since the 1800s. 

Today it is a fast paced game. The light-weight ball (at less than 3 grams) played on a 2.74m long and 1.525m wide (or 9ft by 5ft) table tennis table. The next is exactly 15.25cm (6 inches) high.

Some might think that the modern sport of table tennis is full of long rallies. In fact most rallies in table tennis is 3 or, at most 5 shots. While spin with loops and counter-loops are thrilling to watch the key to the game is serving and receiving.

At the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, Team England were second on the table tennis medal table behind Singapore with five medals, including one gold, two silver and two bronze.

Team England will be challenging for nine medals across both table tennis and para-table tennis, with competition running from April 5th to 15th.

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