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Ms Ho Ching (left) was the guest-of-honour at the STTA’s 80th Anniversary fundraising dinner. (Photo: SSC/Nigel Low)
 
On a night that lauded the Singapore Table Tennis Association’s (STTA) 80 years of commitment and diligence in the development of the sport, there was also a glimpse to a very promising future ahead for Singapore’s young paddlers.

STTA’s 80th Anniversary fundraising dinner, held on 8 April at the Island Ballroom, Shangri- La Hotel was graced by the who’s who in the local table tennis community, with the likes of 1985 Sea Games gold medallist Patricia Kim and current World No. 6 Feng Tianwei, all making appearances.

Perhaps, it is fitting that the STTA left no stone unturned with such full-blown celebrations. After 80 years, the STTA saw its efforts bear fruit, much to the delight of the rest of the nation.

As guest-of honour, Ms Ho Ching, Executive Director and CEO, Temasek Holdings, most poignantly pointed out, 2010 was an inspiring year for Singapore table tennis.
 
Not only was the women’s national team crowned world champions, but Singapore also saw its young athlete, 16-year-old, Isabelle Li winning a silver medal in the Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

Anniversary celebrations aside, a further cause for joy, was the whopping amount of $700, 000 raised during this fundraising gala dinner.

STTA president, Er Lee Bee Wah, provided clear indications as to which direction the association was headed to. Widening the scope of participation and interest within the mass public was revealed as the long-term vision.

Er Lee asserted the need to target the youth, and this will be implemented through pre-school outreach programmes in as many constituencies island-wide in the coming 10 to15 years.

Of course, the table tennis players were not left out. Er Lee also brought to light, plans to increase the number of one training centres and in addition, a partnership with the Singapore Sports School to aid the young paddlers in their development to become potential world champions.

Other initiatives included the support from educational needs to opportunities for post-career endeavours.

Team Singapore paddler, Isabelle Li, expressed her gratitude towards the fundraising efforts, adding, “This is a very big effort by everyone and it’s nice to see so many people supporting it. Now we won’t have to worry so much for the lack of funds for our training and the younger group can now focus on getting better and better”.