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01 Oct 2012

Time To Say Goodbye

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It Goodbye

Frank Herbert said, “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

If curiosity has stricken your mind to why I have begun this blog with a quote about endings, it is because After Dark Ping Pong are announcing our closing down of the site and it’s content.

It has been a truly eye opening experience for ADPP to be a part of a fast growing sport, especially during the best summers of sport of our time, The London 2012 Olympics. However, our time for this particular project is over, but for Table Tennis it is only the beginning.

A new club is opening in London called BOUNCE and the recent World Championships have just been in Liverpool Echo Arena.

To Note: Our site and all it’s content will remain until December.

On behalf of ADPP, Thank you to all our followers and readers for your support and passion for the game that we love. It has been much appreciated and we hope you keep the same enthusiasm the sport needs to continue growing.

Thank you so much for taking us in to your sport and accepting us as one of the leading blogs out there for social and professional sport. We have met some awesome people along the way and been to some incredible events that we wont forget, thanks for having us.

“There’s a trick to the ‘graceful exit.’ It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over — and let it go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its past importance to our lives. It involves a sense of future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving up, rather than out.” (Ellen Goodman)

A final signing off from ADPP’s Founder and Head Editor,

Jojo Regan and Conor Haynes.


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09 Sep 2012

Natalia Partyka establishing her name in the Table Tennis world

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Another Paralympian to add to the list of inspirational table tennis players is Poland’s Natalia Partyka who is currently into her fourth Paralympic Games and two Olympic games at the young age of 23.

Natalia has stood her place alongside the great Paralympian Oscar Pistorius with her third gold secured and constantly improving. The comparison between her and Oscar Pistorius can be made that they are the only two Olympians to ever compete in the Olympics. This is a fantastic achievement for the two Paralympians. An inspiration to all Paralympians.

Ranked 56th in the world Natalia still thinks it is “important that I am the best player in the Paralympics, but maybe I am more focused on the professional table tennis with the Olympics and playing with able-bodied players” she said.

Natalia’s main goal is to win an Olympic medal and it seems to be the drive for her to train harder because she stated “In Rio, I would like to play again in both, but still I have one dream and I am dreaming about an Olympic medal.”

Background

Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world’s youngest ever Paralympian. Natalia made her mark winning gold at Athens and doing the same again in the Beijing Olympics four years later. Natalia was born without her right forearm and table tennis became her passion.

08 Sep 2012

ADPP Interviews Ping England!

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After Dark Ping Pong’s Conor interviews Andy from Ping England, the organisation behind all those free table tennis tables that we have been using lately! Comment below if you have played on one of the public tables?

We bumped into Andy at one of the Pongathon events at Richmix in Shawditch, London. Click the image at the top to begin the video.

Click the Image and it will take you to the Ping! England website so you can find your closest table!!

Ping is a street table tennis festival/project that has been running for 3 years now, however there has been a big push in the run up to the Olympic games this summer.

The tables have been all over the UK in cities like London, Liverpool, Bristol, Northampton, Birmingham, Manchester and Brighton. There is almost no city safe from Ping’s incredible scheme! They have even popped up in Airports and train stations!

There were 300-400 tables in total and almost every single one of them will be staying there FOREVER! Most the temporary locations were meant to end in June or July but have been extended to August and September because of how successful there have been.

The tables are staying because they have been donated to Community centres, charities, organisations and local bars. They will be in charge of the upkeep and will be where you can pick up the bats and balls to play.

07 Sep 2012

Extreme Beer Pong: Skill or Luck?!

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This is something we have all tried. The skill shot across the room into some sort of cup or bin.

Now there is always the debate, did you mean it and was it luck or skill?! Check out some of our favourite videos we have found and we will let you be the judge! Click any of the images to begin the video.

Let us know what you think in the comments box at the bottom! Which one was the best?!

05 Sep 2012

David Wetherill’s “Superman diving forehand winner!”

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I am sure you have all seen the shot already, but if this is not worth blogging about than I don’t know what is!! In this Class 6 Group A WETHERILL David (Great Britain) versus KUSIAK Thomas (Germany), the Brit is down 2 sets to 1 and is 4-3 down in this crucial set. Click the image at the top to begin playing the video.

The German puts Dave on his back foot with a body shot that the Brit just manages to return with some fast reactions, then the German sends a cross court backhand shot deep into the corner of Dave’s side of the table and in the blink of an eye the shot of the tournament happens, I wont even try to describe it, just watch for yourself!

The video has been watched around the world almost 3 million times and is as viral as it gets at the moment. Watch out Justin Bieber, you “baby” video is under threat as the most watched thing on Youtube!! Follow David on Twitter at @Wetherill89. He has seen his twitter followers rocket up into the thousands and is at over 3,500!

You can also watch the full match on the video below, the amazing moment happens at 37minutes, so there is a lot of top class table tennis to watch before that point! And make sure you let us know what you think of the video in the comments section below!!

04 Sep 2012

Dimitrij Ovtcharov Goes Old School at LA Open

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Check out the video above, it features Dimitrij Ovtcharov at the LA Open after his afternoon practice with Jeff Huang. He was asked to play a game using a wood blade (no rubber) shaped an an oversized meat cleaver and, although it took some time to get used to the new blade, he didn’t do to bad!

Apparently he was really having fun and the crowd was loving it. It is clear that he is becoming a fan favourite after he has really shot into the frontline of the professional game since his incredible performances at the Olympic Games in London.

He has been out in LA for the LA Open, see the video below for action in his game Vs Eugene Wang in the Semi Finals.

IF you are not already, make sure you follow his Facebook and Twitter, he is always updating them with funny images and videos! Credit for the video goes to “gfrontosa” from his Youtube page which you can check out Click here he has lots of great videos up. Thanks to Table Tennis Daily for sharing the Video originally.

Have you every tried using a bat like this? And let us know what you think about Dimitrij’s tekkers with it in the comment box below!

Jojo