Updated – Sunday 29 July 2018
2018 North East Games for People with a Disability
Rotary Clubs from across the North East area once again ran their annual games for people with a disability.
The table tennis event held at Eston Leisure Centre was run by the Ormesby Club with the help of several Rotarians working hard both scoring the games and picking up the balls for the players.
Several players from the Ormesby Disability sessions took part, not only playing table tennis but in some of the other sports which were being held including carpet bowls, archery and darts.
The picture above shows some of the players after they were presented with their medals.
Para Open at Draycott
Four of the Ormesby Disability players took part in the Draycott Open on Sunday 25 June.
Three Ormesby Wheelers, Andrew Green, Marc Bonnar and Noel Thomas along with Pamela Lowther in the standing category spent a day training on Saturday 24 June with Shaun Marples.
The following day all the players competed in the Draycott Para Open.
Noel Thomas won two silver medals the first in Band B and in the second Class 2 and Class 3 which were combined into one event.
Pamela Lowther above who was runner up in the
Class 2 standing event.
Chris who comes every Tuesday to play in the Disability session with his friend’s from Yatton House- Great Ayton.
Another of Chris’s friends from Yatton House in pictured below
MEDAL FOR MARK
Mark Naylor, who plays table tennis at the Wednesday morning table tennis sessions at the Ormesby Club is seen in the picture above with Sam who presented him with his medal after winning the table tennis tournament at The Language Centre – Personal Support Network.
MORE CELEBRATIONS FOR YATTON HOUSE PLAYERS
Above left to right Carol, Clare and Matthew were all so pleased to received their certificates on
Tuesday 16 August 2016
YATTON HOUSE CELEBRATION
It was presentation day for the table tennis players from Yatton House on Tuesday 19 April 2016.
All the players had completed their accuracy tests and were presented with their medals by Disability Coach, Malcolm Muldoon.
PLAYERS CAN BE SEEN ENJOYING ONE OF THEIR WEEKLY SESSIONS WITH MALCOLM
COLIN McSWEENEY WINS THE 2015 CHRISTMAS DISABILTY TOURNAMENT
Congratulations to Colin McSweeney who won the Wednesday morning 2015 Disability Session Table Tennis Tournament.
Colin was presented with his trophy by Malcolm Muldoon pictured above left.
After the table tennis tournament some of the players (pictured above) stayed back to enjoy a few games of ‘Bingo’ and ‘Chase the Ace’ followed by lunch.
WINNERS OF THE 2014-2015 MIDDLESBROUGH LEAGUE DIVISION TWO HANDICAP LEAGUE
Well done to the Ormesby Wheelers team who along with Noel Thomas, who was unavailable when the picture was taken, won the the Division Two Handicap League for the 2014-2015 season of the Middlesbrough Table Tennis League.
ANOTHER CLEVELAND TITLE FOR BRIAN
Ormesby Chairman, Alan Ransome is seen above presenting Brian Holloway with his prize money watched by left to right Nigel Arnison and John Fenwick.
For the second year running Brian Holloway won the Wheelchair Singles event at the Cleveland Closed Table Tennis Tournament held at the Ormesby Club on Sunday 22 April 2015.
As in 2014, Brian overcame one of his Middlesbrough Table Tennis League team mates Noel Thomas to take the Cleveland Closed Whhelchair Title.
A session for wheelchair players is held every Monday evening from 7.00pm to 9.30pm at the Ormesby Club. Anyone wishing to take play can just turn up on the evening.
ANOTHER MEDAL FOR ANDREW
Andrew Green added another medal to his ever growing list at the Liverpool Open Disability Table Tennis Tournament the first weekend of December 2014.
This time it was a silver medal for Andrew when he came second in the Junior event.
THREE MEDALS FOR ANDREW
Andrew Green in action with doubles partner Daniel Bullen at the BATTS Para Open in Harlow Essex, November 15 2014 – the first of the new BTTAD grand prix series run by Dave Cochrane on behalf of BTTAD.
Andrew came away with 3 medals – Bronze in class 3&4 singles, Bronze in Junior W/C event, Bronze in Doubles W/C event with Daniel Bullen.
Not a bad day out !!!
‘PING’ Middlesbrough 2014
Tony Dawes seen on the right of the picture was on hand to help at the launch of ‘PING’ Middlesbrough. Any other people from the Disability Section who would like to help at one of the venues in and around Middlesbrough would be very welcome.
To offer your help please call Malcolm Muldoon on 07889 937 056.
Sunday 13 July 2014
2014 NORTHERN GAMES for People with Disabilities
John Fenwick seated with Colin McSweeney,Tony Dawes and Pamela Lowther showing their medals which they had won at the 2014 NORTHERN GAMES for People with Disabilities, Andrew Green who is a member of the Ormesby Table Tennis Club Disability Section was also a table tennis medal winner.
Wednesday 25 May 2014
Malcolm centre with Denise and Gloria who play in the Wednesday night Disabilty session are wearing their 2013 ‘Ping’ Middlesbrough T-shirts.
The opening event for the ‘Ping’ Middlesbrough 2014 starts on Thursday 17 July in Catptain Cooks Square, Middlesbrough at 1.00pm.
Tuesday 6 May 2014
It looks like Joe Whitfield pictured above won this game as he raises his arm in the air.
Michael Peters, pictured below, is ever the practical joker and still smiles in defeat.
Both Joe and Michael who play at the Tuesday Morning Disabilty Session have had strokes. They love the competitve play and find it helps to keep them active.
CHRISTMAS DISABILITY TOURNAMENT 2013
Malcolm Muldoon is pictured above left presenting Michael Peters with his trophy. In the second picture are Christopher James Evans and Lisa who were also prize winners.
NEW SESSION ON A TUESDAY MORNING
An extra disability session has been added on a Tuesday morning to cater for the large numbers that are attending the Wednesday morning session.
The session begins at 10.00am and finishes at 12.00noon
All players all welcome and bats and balls are provided.
Refreshments are available.
ROTARY DISTRICT 1030 GAMES FOR THE DISABLED – 2013
Pictured above from left to right are Susan Fleet,Tony Dawes, Pamela Lowther, Melanie Bowman and Andrew Green who all took part in the Rotary Games.
On Sunday 14 July the North East Games for People with a Disability were held at Eston Leisure Centre on Normanby Road, Eston with 11 different events taking place – bowls, darts, boccia, kurling, distance club, archery,
javelin-shot-discus, wheel chair slalom, weightlifting, swimming and, of course, table tennis.
The table tennis event had 36 competitors from around the region during the day in what proved to be one of the most popular events.
The Ormesby Club had several representatives from the disability section who, as well as playing table tennis, also took part in some of the other events.
Most of the Ormesby players were successful and proudly received their medals at the closing ceremony.
Young Andrew Green won the wheel chair event after playing some excellent table tennis during the day. It must be due to all the practice he is getting whilst playing with the Wheelers in the Cleveland & District Summer TT League.
Pamela Lowther won the women’s event with her much improved forehand
proving too strong for her opponents. Pamela’s backhand is a jolly good weapon too.
Melanie Bowman was awarded the table tennis medal for achievement after
narrowly missing out in the final round robin to Pamela and Victoria Bowman from Darlington. Victoria’s father is Derek Bowman who plays in the Darlington TT League.
Stephen Waterfield, Tony Dawes and Susan Fleet also took part and although Susan didn’t win in the table tennis section she did, however, win the darts.
A big thank you to Pam Richmond who, like myself, has been helping run the table tennis event for somewhere in the region of twenty years (perhaps more) and also Malcolm Muldoon and Bruce Lowther who helped to score the games along with many of the Rotary Club members.
If anyone has a few hours to spare next July – date to be arranged – they will find it very rewarding.
Pictured above are Joe and Marion Whitield who play regularly at the Friday Disablity session. Joe who suffered a stroke enjoys playing table tennis and also likes the social side of the morning too. Both Joe and Marion attend the Regional Disability sessions runs by Malcolm Muldoon.
NEW YEAR DISABILITY TOURNAMENT 2012
Pictured above are the winners of Group 1 in the Ormesby Table Tennis Club New Year 2012 Disability Tournament run by Malcolm Muldoon. Melanie is being presented with her cup by Malcolm in the picture on the left, and in the picture on the right Malcolm is presenting the joint runners up trophies to Tony Dawes (left) and John Fenwick.
Group 2 winner Christopher James Evans was presented with his trophy by Bruce Lowther and Malcolm Muldoon. Group 2 runner up was Susan Fleet pictured above right.
Above: Medal winners left Jonathan and Sean picture above right.
Below: Medal winners left Linda and Pamela Lowther.
SHAUN NEWCOMBE DEMONSTRATING HIS TABLE TENNIS SKILLS TO ORMESBY PLAYERS
Top England Table Tennis player Shaun Newcomb paid a visit to Ormesby Table tennis Club on Friday night November 25 to give help and coaching advice to the current group of wheelchair players.
Shaun currently England No 2 has won many prestigious titles and competitions in the UK and competed all over the world. He has a wealth of experience in table tennis and bucket loads of talent – some of which was demonstrated on Friday and made even more evident by the gathering audience he drew during play at the club.
On arrival Shaun was shown round the clubs facilities. His expression was of sheer amazement, “very impressed” he said and then added “if this club is not the best in the country it certainly must be one of the best”. Local communities must be buzzing to have something like this on their doorstep.
All who attended the session thoroughly enjoyed it. Many participants commented, not only on Shaun’s knowledge and ability of this sport, but by the way he uses his motivational skills to inspire them on to that next level.
THE WINNER JOHN FENWICK
When presenting the players with their trophies and medals, Malcolm Muldoon, who is the Northern Region Disability Officer said he hoped the tournament, which was held on Wednesday 13 April will become an annual event.
Winner of the event was John Fenwick who has been playing at the Wednesday sessions since they first started three years ago. The two runners up were Michael Peters and Ismail.
Nigel Arnison pictured above who only recently began playing table tennis at the Ormesby Club is now a familiar figure at many of the table tennis sessions.
Nigel, who was left paralysed after a road accident some twenty years ago, finds table tennis not only good for his fitness, but also enjoys the company as he loves meeting people and having a chat.
Along with Sam Bell, who recently won the Learning Disability section at the UK School Games, Nigel is competing in the Mencap 2010 National Championships at Crewe on Saturday and Sunday October 2 &3.
Apart from a local event held in July at Eston Leisure Centre, Middlesbrough, the North East Disabled Games, the event in Crewe will be Nigel’s first experience of a national table tennis event.
Nigel has now enrolled on the Level 1 Coaching Course which takes place at Ormesby TTC on October 17 with the second part being held on November 28.
Due to the ongoing success of the disability sessions that take place on a Wednesday, a further session has now been added on a Friday morning between 10.00am and 12.00noon.
Anyone with either a Learning or Physical disability is very welcome to come and join the sessions – just turn up, bats and balls are provided. There is no age limit and no experience is required. Beginners are welcome as are people who have played before. Carers are welcome to join in the sessions.
PROUD CERTIFICATE WINNERS
Samantha Michele Barnes pictured above is one of the newer member of the Wednesday Disability sessions and was thrilled to be awarded her certificate.
As well as table tennis Samantha also enjoys playing snooker and pool and loves to go walking, particularly in Stewarts Park. One of Samantha’s passions is watching the ‘soaps’ on TV. Although she watches several, her favourites are Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
Stephen Waterfield pictured above receiving his certificate from Steve Brunskill, has been playing table tennis at the Wednesday morning Disability sessions since they began.
Stephen who does voluntary work in the British Heart Foundation shop in Middlesbrough on a Tuesday, also likes to keep fit in his local gym.
John, Susan, Graham and Sadif proudly show off their certificates presented by Steve Brunskill at the Wednesday morning Disability Session on 27 January 2010.
The players, some who have learning disabilities, and some who have physical disabilities, amaze everyone with their fantastic concentration to achieve in some cases, hundreds of consecutive hits. Ormesby’s Manager/Coach, Steve, is amazed at the way the players have improved and the coaches are always in demand by the players wanting to improve their total scores.
ORMESBY COACHES WINNERS OF THE EQUITY SECTION IN THE NATIONAL COACHING AND VOLUNTEER AWARDS 2009
Pictured above left to right: BRUCE LOWTHER, PATRICK BONNER AND CHRIS RAYNER who had brought their award to show to members who were attending the Wednesay Disability session.
Two Ormesby table tennis coaches, Chris Rayner and Bruce Lowther have been honoured by the English Table Tennis Association by winning the Equity Section in The National Coaching and Volunteer Awards 2009 for work with players with a disability.
In March 2007 the Ormesby Club developed a plan to include more disabled play within the club’s activities with support from Tees Valley Sport. Since then the club has made huge leaps with their disability and inclusive table tennis sessions. There are now over 40 disabled people participating at the club, mainly due to the dedicated work of volunteers and the coaching team, led by Chris Rayner and Bruce Lowther who have worked hard to encourage disabled people from a variety of communuty and school settings.
By working in partnership with the English Federation of Disabled Sport, Tees Valley Sport and the English Table Tennis Association, the club has found that by having an increasingly inclusive approach to the playing programme it has not only increased the membership and the diversity of the club but has also contributed to improving the skills of the coaches and has provided a great communuty atmosphere.
“Ormesby Table Tennis Club is the perfect example of a club that is totally committed to providing a great sporting experience for disabled people. You only need to visit the club to realise that the staff and volunteers are rich in enthusiasm and have inclusion at the heart of everything they do.”says Patrick Bonner, North Regional Development Manager of the English Federation of Disability Sport.
Both Chris and Bruce have been involved in the project since the beginning which includes a session on Wednesaday mornings between 10.00 am and 12 noon and another on Wednesday evening between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm. Both coaches have been working with adults with physical and learning disabilities and were part of the Northern Region team which participated at the Special Olympics in Leicester in July.
Chris and Bruce were presented with the ETTA’s 2009 Equity Award at the English Open Championships at Sheffield at the end of October.