The 3rd Pattaya Youth Table Tennis Championship 2013, supported by Rotary Pattaya, took place at the city’s School No. 7 over a period of 2 days last month.
The competition, held Oct. 18-19, was divided into 7 sub-categories consisting of singles Youth U-10, U-12, U-15, and U-18 divisions, plus a Team Youth U-18 tournament and VIP singles.
Pattarathorn Passara (right) receives the U-15 winner’s trophy from William Macey, Charity Chairman of Pattaya Sports Club.
The event was conceived 3 years ago to help promote the sport of table tennis amongst Pattaya’s youth and teach them discipline and to use their time effectively and productively. Funds raised from the tournament this year will be donated to Rotary Pattaya to assist with their charity projects.
The finale of the competition saw Thai national team player Khamrom Hiranyasiri from the Pattaya Sports Club take on Thaksin Prachumchalad of CC4 in the Singles Youth U-18 category. Khamrom used his experience to race into a two sets to nil lead (11-6, 11-6) before Thaksin finally found some form and took the third set 11-8 to keep himself alive in the match. It proved to be only a short reprieve however as Khamrom reversed the score in the fourth set to win it 11-8 and take the title with a three sets to one victory.
Jamlong Passara (left), former president, and Father Pichan Jaiseri (center), president of Rotary Pattaya, present the winning award to U-18 champion Khamron Hiranyasiri from the Pattaya Sports Club.
Other individual winners at the tournament included Jettanabadee Janphen from the Central Sports Club in the U-10’s, Weeraphat Phuttakhunkasem (Central Sports Club) in the U-12’s and another Thai national team youth player, Phattarathorn Phassara (Pattaya Sports Club) in the U-15’s. CC4 took out the team U-18 honours and Charoen Khetcharin was the champion in the VIP singles event.
Table tennis champs for today and tomorrow.
Khamron Hiranyasiri (top) hits a forehand to Thanksin Prachumchalad in the U-18 final.