Back to the roots but playing at a new level, heights raised in Greece
October 11, 2016
Courtesy of ITTF, by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Back to the roots playing at new level, heights raised in Greece
Ascending the heights, reaching for the sky; they are oft use phrases when a player responds to a challenge.
Metaphorical but recently in Greece, in reality the Alpha Kallithea Club ascended the heights, they reached for the sky.
Don’t look down (Photo: courtesy of John Fakaros from the Press Office of Greek Table Tennis Federation)
Since those early days, ascending the heights, reaching for the sky, have been are oft use phrases when describing the sport.
Metaphorical but recently in the Mediterranean country, in reality the Alpha Kallithea Club ascended the heights, they reached for the sky.
A dinner table surrounded a table tennis table, supported on a special platform and hoisted by a crane to raise the stage some 30 metres above ground level, was organised.
One of the guests was a player who did scale the heights on one occasion in particular, when he beat the legendary Swede, Jan-Ove Waldner, in the early rounds of the Men’s Singles event at the Liebherr 2003 World Championships in Paris; national champion, Kostantinos Papageorgiou, was on board alongside former national champion Archontoula Volakaki.
“It was very nice experience an event properly organized and I enjoyed it. The weather helped but it blew little. The view was beautiful and the sense of playing table tennis at a height of 30 metres was truly unique.” Kostantinos Papageorgiou
Supporting the project “The Child’s Smile”, a total of 20 intrepid voyagers were on board, with some one hundred well-wishers below applauding the efforts of the potential steeplejacks.
Keep the ball on the table, vital when trying to scale new heights