Table Tennis Yukon ‘desperate’ for juvenile players

For years executives of Table Tennis Yukon have expressed the desire to field a full team at the Arctic Winter Games. It's not looking good for the upcoming Games in Greenland this March.

For years executives of Table Tennis Yukon have expressed the desire to field a full team at the Arctic Winter Games.

It’s not looking good for the upcoming Games in Greenland this March.

Execs are “desperate” for juvenile-age players born 2001 or later, said Table Tennis Yukon president Dave Stockdale.

“I’m looking for kids who are interested in making the table tennis team for the Arctic Winter Games,” said Stockdale. “I have two juvenile girls, but one of them … is going to China for spring break, which is at the same time as the Arctic Games. And my top juvenile boy, Arcel (Siosan) is going to the Philippines for spring break.

“I have one girl in Dawson who says she doesn’t want to go to the Games.”

Table Tennis Yukon is hosting a team tryout this Saturday and Stockdale wants potential players to come help fill the eight spots. Each jurisdiction at the bienniel Games can send a squad of four juniors (born in 1998 or later) and four juveniles – two boys and two girls for each age category.

Things are looking better on the junior side of things, said Stockdale.

“The older group is fairly healthy,” he said. “There are some real prospects in Dawson who have a real good chance at making the team.”

With singles, doubles and a team event, a total of 24 available gold ulus are up for grabs at the Games, taking place March 6-11 in Nuuk.

Saturday’s tryouts are schedule for 10 a.m. at Whitehorse Elementary School.

It’s billed as a “toonie tournament,” so players are asked to bring a couple bucks for the entry fee.

The next table tennis team tryouts will take place in Dawson City on Dec. 6.

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

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