The expert on duty was Philip Molodzoff, the expert responsible for writing the ITTF Level Two coaches Manual.

He was welcomed to Ecuador by Augusto Moran Nurques, the General Secretary of the National Olympic Committee, Marcia Bonilla, President of the Ecuador Table Tennis Federation and Alfonso Delgado, President of the Province of Guayas.

All gave speeches at the opening ceremony.

Freddy Almendariz (left) who assisted with translation alongside (right) Philip Molodzoff (Photo: courtesy of Freddy Almendariz)

“A very motivated and animated group worked and trained hard during this course”, explained Philip Molodzoff. “The improvement made by the coaches in demonstrating the strokes was really important because the average starting level was not too high.”

Matters concluded; a training camp for players under the age of 13 years was staged. Notably five course members attended and thus had the opportunity to put theory into practice.

“The exam results at the end were excellent for most of the participants”, added Philip Molodzoff.  “In total 10 coaches from Ecuador and one Peruvian woman passed successfully the Level Two exam with a mark over 10; impressively six of them reached more than 15 and are now eligible to access a Level Three Course.”

The top table (left to right) Philip Molodzoff, Augusto Moran Nurques, Marcia Bonilla and Alfonso Delgado (Photo: courtesy of Freddy Almendariz)

Most importantly the outlook bodes well for Ecuador.

“Now Ecuador should have soon 11 Level Two coaches of whom four are women and Peru one, after completing 50 hours coaching including five hours supervised, have been completed”, continued Philip Molodzoff.

At the end of the course, participation certificates were awarded with both Marcia Bonilla and Alfonso Delgado expressing their delight with the course.

“I thank everybody for their welcome and conditions for the course, especially to Freddy Almendariz, my translator from English to Spanish”, concluded Philip Molodzoff.

Studying hard at the National Olympic Committee Headquarters (Photo: courtesy of Freddy Almendariz)

Considering ten years ago Freddy Almendariz could not speak a word of English and he translated for a Frenchman; that’s pretty good!

The course participants were from Ecuador: Fernando Apolo, Fabricio Calderon, Catalina Cedillo, Santiago Chang, Freddy Contreras, Oscar Magallanez, Ivonne Montaleza, Tatiana Nieto, Augusto Orellana, Vicente Reyes, Rocio Salazar, Christian Silvestre, Ivan Solano.

Meanwhile from Peru the students who travelled to Guayaquil were Nilda Fernandez and Carlos Yabar.

A practical session in progress at the Guayas Training Centre (Photo: courtesy of Freddy Almendariz)