Champion Col claims city?s major award
THE city's reigning men's singles champion, Colin McKenna, took out the coveted player of the year award at the Rockhampton Table Tennis Association's presentation function on the weekend.
McKenna's overall performances at regional, state and national levels just shaded those of Joel Coughlan and Damon Clarke and the three training partners appear to be promising even better results next year following their decision to start their 2006 training programs this week.
Pam Clarke showed that veterans can match their younger counterparts when she won the perpetual tournament trophy, which is based on a points-award system for efforts at open championships.
The life members trophy, donated by the family of the late Colin Bielenberg in recognition of his and other life members' contribution, for the best club person was won by Andy Smith.
With the retirement of the existing trophy for the most improved junior girl a new award was installed in recognition of the achievements of Erica Nolan, the city's most successful female player in the junior and youth ranks over the past 20 years. Paula Hockings enjoyed the honour of receiving this award.
Joel Coughlan won the award for the most improved junior boy while the incentive award was won by Joseph Yeomans and Grant Pettett received the trophy for the player most improved from the ranks of B and C grades.