BALLARAT table tennis champion Mark Smith has etched his name in the association’s record books by taking out an impressive 11th winter championship in the A-grade competition.
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The 37-year-old, who has been a member of the club for more-than 30 years, proved too good for Aaron Blomeley in the men’s singles final which was held on June 27.
He went on to put the icing on the cake by taking out the men’s doubles title alongside Brodie Cookson.
The achievement comes 16 years after Smith first took out the title as a 21-year-old.
A manager at Kmart by day, Smith said while he still enjoyed taking to the table once a week, he wasn’t as serious about the sport in his older age.
“I’m probably too old to be winning it,” Smith said.
“There’s a few players in their early 20’s coming through who are going pretty well.
Smith said a love of table tennis was something he had inherited from his parents, and with two children of his own, he hoped to pass the passion onto them.
“It’s one of those sports you can play forever.””
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