Maine Games Table Tennis Championship brought exciting event Bridgton on June 15
BRIDGTON, MAINE; June 16, 2013 - The Maine Games Table Tennis Tournament was held on June 15, 2013 at the Bridgton Town Hall and was well attended by 26 of the best players from Maine and New Hampshire who participated in six different classes of competition. This was the fourth time that table tennis has been offered at the Maine Games, which is the Pine Tree State's official member of the National Congress of State Games (www.stategames.org).
Each year the Maine Games offers a number of events attracting a wide variety of Mainers of all ages and abilities to compete in a multi-event, Olympic-style sports festival. Across the country more than 30 states currently have their own State Games organization dedicated to providing grassroots opportunities for amateur athletes. Collectively, more than 120 different sports are offered each year, attracting nearly a half-million Americans from coast to coast.
This year's event marked the first time a Maine Games competition was held in Bridgton, and the venue at the town hall featured seven championship-quality table tennis tables. A strong local table tennis community in that town made it possible for the Maine Games to consider this venue. The town hall location provided excellent lighting, high ceilings, and a good number of quality tables which are all essential to creating a good table tennis event.
Athletes from all over the state of Maine and from New Hampshire traveled to Bridgton to compete this year. The top three finishers in each division were awarded Maine Games gold, silver, and bronze medals. Medalists also qualified to represent the State of Maine (and New Hampshire) at this year's State Games of America (www.stategames2013.com), being held in Hershey/Harrisburg, PA, July 31-August 4. More than 10,000 amateur athletes from all over America are expected to compete in more than 30 different events in our national amateur sports festival. Athletes from Maine will compete this year at the SGA in figure skating, powerlifting, fencing, table tennis, and more.
At this year's Maine Games table tennis event the 18-50 (year old) class was won by Svet Kirtchev (Westbrook); second place went to Jerry Bacon (N. Yarmouth), and third place was awarded to Moroslav Dossev (Skowhegan).
In the Over 50 (senior) class Jifa Hao (Scarborough) took the gold medal, Sean Farley (Portland) was awarded the silver, and the bronze medal went to Irena Stephan (Gray).
The A class was won by Peter Wong (Lewiston), second place went to Hao, third place was claimed by Farley.
The B class top honors were won by Hank Roy (Hookset, NH). Second place went to Herman Low (N. Conway NH), while third place went to Brian Jortner (Freeport).
The class C gold medal was won by Dossev, silver went to Miro Ilinsky (Norridgewock), and the bronze medal was awarded to Tom Runge from Saco.
The doubles championship was won by the team of Hao and Shouping Huang (Portland), The second place team of Larry Labrie (Milton, NH) and Bill Preis (Bridgton) won the sliver medal. The bronze medal went to the team of Rick Shea (Lewiston) and Peter Wong.