Olympian Diana Gee to Host Table Tennis Clinic in Cary
Cary, N.C – Olympian Diana Gee will host a Table Tennis clinic at Bond Park Community Center in Cary on Saturday, September 1st as part of the North American Table Tennis Championships. The clinic will be offered from 9:00 am – 10:00 am and then the same clinic will be offered again from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
Diana Gee is a two-time Olympian and Cary resident. She is a four-time Pan Am Games gold medalist and a four-time U.S. Olympic Festival gold medalist. In 2009, Diana was inducted into the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame. She has won countless US National Championship and she worked with the US Olympic Committee at the 1997 World University Games in Sicily, Italy. In 2008, Diana acted as U.S. Olympic Ambassador for athletes competing in the Beijing Games.
Each clinic is limited to 12 participants and attendees must be at least 7 years of age. Learn fundamental racket techniques and design, spin, forehand/backhand top spin, under spin and basic rules of the game. The cost is $20 and participants must bring their own racket. The clinic cost includes Saturday admission to the North American Table Tennis Championships. To register, visit any Town of Cary community center or call 919-462-3970.
The North American Table Tennis Championships, hosted at Bond Park Community Center in Cary, will take place from August 31st to September 2nd. The Championships are open to players from the United States, Canada, Greenland, and Bermuda. Tickets will be sold at the door at a cost of $5 per day or $10 for a 3-day pass. For more information about the North American Championships visit cary2012.com.
About USA Table Tennis
USATT is the national organizing body for table tennis in the United States. Created in 1933 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, its staff serves the 9000+ members and 285+ clubs that are affiliated with USATT. It oversees a wide variety of membership services, the national teams, and other areas such as the rules of the game, and numerous online instructional and historical articles. It is governed and run by the 9 members of the board of directors, numerous committees, and paid staff. USATT is affiliated with the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), the world governing body for table tennis, as well as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
About the Town of Cary
The Town of Cary is a thriving community in the heart of the Triangle area of North Carolina, between Raleigh and renowned Research Triangle Park. Cary, with a population of around 143,000, has ranked among the top regions in the country to live or work, to find a home or start a business, to raise a family or retire. The Town is a designated North Carolina Fit Community and was selected by the NCAA to serve as one of the inaugural members in its “NCAA Championship City” pilot program, annually hosting NCAA Division I, II, and III men’s and women’s championships through the year 2012. This year, Cary became the home of a Continental Basketball League’s team, Cary Invasion. For more on recreation in Cary, visit www.townofcary.org.
About the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau
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About the Triangle Sports Commission
Incorporated in 2001, the Triangle Sports Commission is a North Carolina charitable non-profit organization serving the Triangle region. The TSC led the Triangle's recruitment effort for the relocation of USA Baseball from Arizona that resulted in USA Baseball’s new headquarters at Durham Bulls Athletic Park and their National Training Complex at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary. In 2008, the TSC hosted the Lenovo Olympic Celebration featuring 31 Olympic athletes, where Jim Scherr, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, announced the TSC as the USOC’s newest Community Olympic Partner. In 2012 the TSC hosted the U.S. Olympic Trials – Table Tennis as well as the North America 2012 Olympic Games Qualification Tournament for Table Tennis. For more information on the Triangle Sports Commission, visit www.trianglesportscommission.com.