MILESTONE: The Gatton Table Tennis Association will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at their presentation night this Saturday.
MILESTONE: The Gatton Table Tennis Association will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at their presentation night this Saturday. Tom Threadingham

Table tennis a hit in Lockyer Valley region for 50 years

FOR one small sporting group, 2013 marks a golden milestone.

The Gatton Table Tennis Association will celebrate 50 years of ping pong action this week at its annual presentation night.

First established in the hall of the Gatton Catholic Church in 1963, the sport has come a long way over the past five decades and members still hit it out in their own clubhouse today.

Gatton Table Tennis Association president Bill Hooper said it was a remarkable achievement the club was proud to celebrate.

"It's very exciting for a small town and for what the group have done and to have our own club building is a ground-breaking achievement," Mr Hooper said.

"If you go to other small regional areas they don't have what we have here with the facilities.

"I think it's a very special occasion for the club and something we can be proud of and hopefully we'll be here in another 50 years' time."

Mr Hooper said table tennis had been increasing in popularity over the past year.

"In the last 12 to 18 months the club's numbers have increased by probably 15 to 20%," he said.

"It's competitive and the good thing about table tennis is that it's for everyone and you can play when you're six years old or even when your 70 or 80.

"So it's a sport you can play at all ages.

"And I just think it's a great social game and it gets your competitive juices going and is a release to get out and hit a little ball."

Mr Hooper said the 50th anniversary would be officially celebrated at their annual presentation evening this Saturday at the Gatton RSL.

Special commemorative 50th anniversary glasses were created for members to purchase and help mark the occasion.


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