Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Big Hitters Train Future Hot Shots

Mackay’s junior national table tennis champion Rebekah Stanley is putting back into her sport.

Although Bek now lives in Brisbane, she was back in Mackay last weekend to conduct a training camp with Brisbane coach Bruno Levis, with four juniors among the 12 working on their skills at the Mackay Table Tennis Centre.

Bek won the 2015 U15 national junior girls table tennis championship, showing plenty of ability early with the help of coaching from her father Jared and regular trips to South Korea for training camps.

The arrival in Mackay of South Korean coach Chanung Jung helped Bek’s rise, and she said her experiences as a junior competing at an elite level made her happy to see the keenness of the next generation of Mackay players.

“They enjoy it and they’re all showing great progress,” she said.

Although the Mackay club no longer has a full-time coach, the monthly training camps with Bruno and Bek are giving all players a chance to develop skills to a higher level.

They are available to all players from beginners and juniors to senior and advanced and one-on-one sessions are available with both coaches.

The next camp is scheduled for February 24-26. Contact Donna Abbott 0400 769 560 for more details.

By Charlie Payne

MAIN Camp 1:

Taking a break from the weekend training camp are Misha Palod, Tony Bowman, Donna Abbott, Emma Widdup, Aarnav Reelh, Ann-Louise Stewart, Steven Whiting, Bruno Levis, Graeme Walker, Rebekah Stanley, Anne Sheridan, Nehmat Dhaliwal, Saisha Palod and Janice Kent

Camp 2

Rebekah Stanley explains technique to Nehmat Dhaliwal and Saisha Palod as Bruno Levis demonstrates a high-toss serve

Camp 3

Mackay’s Emma Widdup goes one-on-one with coach Bruno Levis

In other news