Table Tennis is a growing sport at Newington supported by professional coaches.
Newington Table Tennis Program
Table Tennis has been played over many years at Newington. Although not an official AAGPS Sport, Table Tennis is growing in popularity and we encourage all players to participate in competitions between schools.
Training and Competition
The Concordia Centre across the road from the Stanmore Campus is the home of Table Tennis at Newington. It houses 14 tables and a coaching robot. Historically the Concordia Centre formerly known as The Concordia Club was home to a Table Tennis club from the 1970s until 2000.
Today, there are facilities that will accommodate up to 60 students, and the boys receive professional coaching from Mr Guy Fairnbloom, Junior Coaching Director for Table Tennis NSW, assisted by Newington teaching staff, Mr Alex Pyne, Ms Julia Gonzales and the Director of Table Tennis, Mr Jock Canning.
Boys participate in three 90 minute training sessions per week in Terms 1 and 4.
All of the Newington College teams had much success losing only to the extremely strong Sydney Boys High.
During the summer season the Table Tennis program adopted a more competitive approach to training which saw our standard of play rise to a new level. In the 10 rounds of competition Newington was the best performing school, with the Division 1 and 2 teams losing only once and our Division 3 team remaining undefeated.
In Term 1 we also had the opportunity to trial a Davis Cup style format. The boys found this new format exciting as it allowed for more divisions based on two players per team.
During the season there was a focus on more doubles play and although enjoyed socially, competitively the team players preferred playing singles. Overall it was another great season with all boys showing improvements in both skill and match play.