Table Tennis

This page draws together table tennis-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics table tennis.  View the Table Tennis Fact Sheet

Every athlete aims in passing the ball to the opponent side of the table over the net, striking it with a table tennis racquet. Table Tennis is a fast sport that requires excellent coordination of hands and eyes. Special Olympics athletes share the essential elements of force and ability so that they can play table tennis. Apart from the traditional events, Special Olympics competition includes individual skill events that allow the athletes to work and compete in basic skills of table tennis. The development of these basic skills is necessary for the athletes to take part in the events. These skills include bounce of the ball with the racket, volley and backhand.

Table Tennis Stories and News

September 20, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Belgium

British identical twins play against each other at the Special Olympics

By Emilie Bruynbroeck

Alistair and Duncan Feltham

Table tennis playing twins Alistair and Duncan (both 46) share that thought. Thirty years ago they started playing table tennis at home and now they have to compete against each other in the finals at the European Games in Antwerp.View Story Table tennis playing twins Alistair and Duncan (both 46) share that thought. Thirty years ago they started playing table tennis at home and now they have to compete against each other in the finals at the European Games in Antwerp. It is not the first time that the brothers have played against other. “Usually one of them wins the first set, the other one wins the next set and so on. They alternately winning sets. The decisive set is always a lottery”, tells their mother, Sheena Feltham. And the game Alistair and Duncan played Wednesday proved her right. The first set was won by Duncan, the second set by Alistair, the third by Duncan and the fourth... Well, you can fill in the blanks. In the final and decisive set, Alistair won with 12-10. Once again a close game. “But there is absolutely no jealousy between the brothers,” knows mother Sheena. “They support each other through thick and thin. They are also really happy when the other one wins. That's brotherly love."

About Emilie Bruynbroeck:I am a volunteer contributor at the media desk in Antwerp Expo. I study journalism.
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September 16, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Ireland

Irish Athletes Get Checked Out At Healthy Athletes Program

By Fiona Hynes

Carrie Doyle getting the once over at the Healthy Athletes Program as part of 2014 European Games

While the focus of the 2014 European is very much on sporting activity, athletes are also being encouraged to avail of the fantastic services available as part of the Healthy Athletes program.View Story While the focus of the 2014 European Games is very much on sports, athletes are also getting free health screening checks from more than 300 medical professional volunteers as part of the Healthy Athletes Program. Team Ireland athlete Carrie Doyle was certainly making the most of the Program which aims to improve every athlete’s health and fitness in order to enhance their ability to train and compete and ultimately to improve the athlete’s well-being in daily life. 26 year old Carrie from Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, who is a table-tennis athlete, took the opportunity to get a check-up from the dedicated medical volunteers working at the Games. All participating athletes have access to free health check services in seven clinical disciplines. Fit Feet (podiatry), FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (better health and well-being), Healthy Hearing (audiology), MedFest (sports physical exam), Opening Eyes (vision) and Special Smiles (dentistry). 

About Fiona Hynes:PR, Marketing & Communications Manager with Special Olympics Ireland
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September 04, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

Great Britain's talented table tennis twins head to Belgium

By Chris Hull

This photo of the Feltham brothers appears on the Daily Echo website.

A PAIR of identical twins from Bournemouth in England will heading out on Eurostar to Belgium next week to represent Great Britain at the Special Olympics European Summer Games.View Story A PAIR of identical twins from Bournemouth in England will heading out on Eurostar to Belgium next week to represent Great Britain at the Special Olympics European Summer Games. Alastair and Duncan Feltham, who have been playing table tennis for the past 25 years, will be among 2,000 athletes competing at the games. The 46-year-old brothers will be competing in both the singles and doubles table tennis tournaments. The twins’ 83-year-old father and coach, Harold Feltham, said they inherited their love of the sport from him. “I’ve been playing for 69 years,” he said. “Because I played, they wanted to play and that’s how it started.” He added: “If they go out and play well and get beaten by a better player then I don’t mind. As long as they try their best.” The pair, who practise two or three times a week at the YMCA in Winton, have competed at various tournaments at different countries across the world including China, Poland, France Spain, Czechoslovakia and Japan. Their mother Sheena said she was very proud of their achievements. “It’s been the making of them,” the 75-year-old said. Minister for sport Helen Grant congratulated all those competing in the games, which are held every four years. She said: “It will be a very proud moment for all the athletes to represent their country and I wish them all the best with their preparations.” Karen Wallin, Special Olympics GB CEO, added: “We are proud of each and every athlete and we know they will strive to be the very best they can. They will all try to bring home medals but, just as importantly, build new friendships and gain memories that will last a lifetime.”

About Chris Hull:Fan of Special Olympics Great Britain and our athletes - who are constantly striving to be the very best can be.
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Oct 10 - 12 2014

Special Olympics Bangladesh National Games

Special Olympics Bangladesh’s National Games will welcome an estimated 800 athletes and 100 Unified Sports® partners across Bangladesh. Ten sports will be played: athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, cricket, football, handball, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. The three day event will be held across different venues: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Army Stadium, National Indoor Stadium & Swimming pool and the Bangladesh Sports Education Institute (BKSP).
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Faruqul Islam
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Bangabandhu National Stadium & other venuesDhaka

Oct 13 - 15 2014

Special Olympics Pakistan National Games -- Islamabad

Starting October 13th, over 600 athletes from all over the country of Pakistan will participate in the 2014 Special Olympics Pakistan's National Games in the city of Islamabad. Athletes will compete in 2 days of competition in athletics, basketball, badminton and table tennis.
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Ronak Lakhani
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Multiple locations in Islamabad
Islamabad, Pakistan

Nov 1 - 3 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
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Sayaka Sonobe
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California

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2014 European Summer Games

The Special Olympics European Summer Games featured 10 sports and 58 delegations, making the 2014 Games one of the largest ever. See stories and results

2013 Asia Pacific Games

Athletes from 30 Asia Pacific and East Asia regions compete in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. Get schedules and results.

2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.

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