BNL Healthfest Table Tennis Tournament
BNL's annual Laboratory-wide Table Tennis Tournament,
organized by BERA Table Tennis Club
and sponsored by
the Quality of
Life/BERA/Recreation Office and
Health Promotion Program of Occupational Medicine Clinic,
is one of the fitness events during BNL's annual
Healthfest since 2007. All levels of experience are welcome to
this fun, friends making event.
For the Year: 2008 | 2007
5:00pm-9:30pm Thursday October 11, 2007 The first Laboratory-wide Table Tennis Tournament successfully completed at the Recreation Hall. The event started with the speeches of Christine Carter (Recreation Supervisor) and Michael Thorn (Health Promotion Program Administrator & Healthfest Organizer). They were joined by 6 beginning, 17 intermediate, and 8 advanced players in this historic moment of the BNL ping-pong community. Retired Club President Yong-Nian Tang was honored for his 11 years of valuable leadership. Dr. Yangang Liu, the No. 1 seeded player, won the title.
From left to right: Weiguo Yin (President of BERA Table Tennis Club), Christine Carter (Recreation Supervisor), Michael Thorn (Health Promotion Program Administrator & Healthfest Organizer).
Participants (33 registered, 31 appeared, 30 played)
Front (from left to right):
Peter Takacs, Mirko Milas, Balwan Hooda, Weiguo Yin, Mike Margioni, Shiva
Kothari, Yangang Liu, Yanbiao Zhang; George Wei, Steven Ferrone, Chien-Ih Pai, Rui Si,
Weiming Guo, Chunyan Tang, Lihua Yu.
First, I want to thank Weiguo for organizing this tournament so well. Second, I want to add some observations from an "outsider", i.e. one of those "occasional" ping-pong players that the tournament was intended to attract. It was apparent to me that there is a very strong gradient in skill level, as indicated by the fact that most matches were decided in 3 games. Given the fact that the tournament was completed by 19:45, there may be enough time in the schedule to add more games that could produce more equal match-ups. My suggestion would be to try a double elimination format next time. Alternatively you might want to have separate divisions based on skill level. Finally, I want to congratulate Yangang for the win and thank him and the other finalists for showing us how it is done! — Richard Wagener
Thanks for your [Richard Wagener's] observations--I know what I missed. . . Perhaps a tournament could be scheduled for later in the year. . . — Cheryl Conrad
Congratulations on a great tournament. Even though I went down in the first round I enjoyed it immensely. I agree with the suggestions offered up by Richard Wagener for your tournament for next year. Another option might be to have two brackets of 16 each by skill level again with a double elimination. . . Hopefully then I'll recapture some more advanced skills and be more competitive. — Jeffery Williams
It was a lot of fun! — Sabine Kessler
Last Modified: May 2, 2008