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Sport Not out of his depth Chris Nelson has so far endured stifling temperatures, wild seas and more on his round the world trip. see below Take your place at the table A free festival and starter programme will attract new talent from the local community leading to integration into Morpeth Table Tennis Club’s under-12 programme. For details email... festival@morpethttc.co.uk Sport in brief Squash classic is a record sellout THE 2014 Canary Wharf Squash Classic is a complete sell-out – eight weeks before London’s favourite squash tournament takes place. This PSA World Tour International 50 event is being held at the East Wintergarden from March 24-28 and tournament director Tim Garner made the announcement as he put the ‘sold out’ signs on the tournament website. He said: “This is wonderful news, and proves just how popular the tournament has become down the years. “We are setting up a waiting list should any tickets be returned. “This is our 11th year of staging the Canary Wharf Classic and the East Wintergarden is the perfect location for the glass court and a full-house venue always provides a wonderful atmosphere. “In turn, that inspires the greatest players in the world to produce squash of the highest calibre.” Gym to stage charity night CANNING Town’s Trad TKO gym is staging fundraising charity night for the Indee Rose Trust at the Prince Regent Hotel, Chigwell on Saturday, February 22. For the past few years the gym has staged a boxers versus celebrities charity football match, but this year they were unable to get the venue and it looked as if the event would be cancelled. But former stars boxers, such as WBU light heavyweight champion Tony Oakey, WBU lightweight champ Graham Earl and British and European bantamweight champion Ian Napa, all agreed to take part after the idea of a charity boxing show was put to them. The gym has been a backer of the Essex-based Indee Rose Trust, which supports children with childhood brain tumours and their families, for several years. Tournament aims to unearth table tennis stars of the future BY PETER FAULKNER A GRANDSTAND table tennis festival for beginners is being staged by the JOOLA Morpeth table tennis club this month The free two-day festival is part of a wider campaign aimed at recruiting more youngsters in Tower Hamlets for the club’s under-12 development programme. JOOLA Morpeth are trying to engage more young boys and girls in the sport from a young age. The club say more support is needed for young athletes and their parents who would like to make table tennis their primary number one sport. In order to play the game at a high standard the club believe that the opportunity should be offered to engage in structured training at an early age, with quality facilities within a club culture. The format of the campaign will see up to nine exhibitions Diving TOM Daley has moved to east London in a bid to regain enthusiasm for chasing gold medals. The 19-year-old diver, who won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics but has since been plagued with injury, hopes his relocation to a luxury flat overlooking the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will kickstart his bid for Rio 2016. Daley, who has been presenting the TV series Splash, will be able to train at the nearby aquatic centre. Morpeth’s Murhad practising his forehand Photos: Mike Loveder for more than 12 primary schools, a two-day table tennis festival followed by eight weekly sessions of professional coaching. The two-day event will consist of one day of demonstrations, coaching and fun play followed on the next day by an organised “everyone is a winner” tournament. Both festival and starter programme will be free for all participants and will act as a catalyst to attract new talent from the local community leading to integration into Morpeth Table Tennis Club’s under-12 development programme. In order to deliver a professional event and continuity in providing a starter coaching course, Morpeth linked up with Focus Table Tennis, a commercial provider of table tennis events and coaching courses, approved by the English Table Tennis Association. JOOLA Morpeth chairman John Payne said: “After welcoming Jörg Rosskopf, former world champion from Germany, to the club last year this programme is the next big achievement for us. “We believe that a professional coaching approach can provide us with the next champion in the next few years.” JOOLA Morpeth Community Table Tennis Club is a new club. The membership covers all levels from beginners and ambitious amateurs to professionals, including four national champions. Some even competed at the Paralympics in 2012. Festival details: February 15, (10am to 4pm) fun day with coaching; February 16 (10am to 4pm) ‘everyone is a winner’ tournament; February 23, free starter programme. Contact Jörg Feist for details at festival@ morpethttc.co.uk Admirable Nelson is all at sea Sailing A LIFE on the ocean waves is not the sort of thing that many people would give their job up for, unless your name is Nelson of course. Isle of Dogs IT expert, Chris Nelson, did and so far it seems he has made the right choice, although there have been some unexpected hazards like having to sleep below deck in 40 degree heat, drinking rainwater for four days, facing tropical storms and sailing through a monsoon. And while many were unwrapping presents and tucking into the festive turkey, Chris, 48, was combating wild seas on the other side of the world, as part of the Henri Lloyd crew currently lying in second place in the Clipper Round-the-World race. Having embarked from St Katharine Docks, Wapping in September, the crew are now on their way from Brisbane to Singapore, where they are expected to dock on Chris Nelson February 8. Chris, who is raising money for the Dreams Come True Charity, will be at sea until July, during which time he will sail to such exotic destinations as Brazil, San Francisco, Panama, Jamaica and New York before heading back to Europe. In his blog, Chris wrote: “The experience was far more than I expected it to be. Crossing the Bay of Biscay was quite rough, which took a few days to get used to. “I got to do mother duties during this time so spent a busy day preparing all meals for the day before taking a night off from the 4hrs on, 4hrs off watch system. Luckily I didn’t suffer from sea sickness. “The journey south was interesting, passing Madeira, Canary Islands and then the Cape Verde Islands before entering the dreaded doldrums. “The temperature below deck was close to 40 which apart from the constant sweating meant very little sleep could be had. We also had the misfortune to have a broken water maker. “We received about 400 litres of fresh water and the next day we managed to catch a similar amount in a squall so were drinking the rain water for about four days with just a three-litre ration per person per day.” 3 – 9 FEBRUARY 2014 NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 31


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