A table tennis institute founded by a former member of the Chinese national men’s team, Wei Yantao, and his wife, table tennis coach Christine Liu – is looking for a home.
Christine told the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board last month that table tennis is hugely popular, particularly among the Asian community, and is a great sport for people of all ages.
The couple’s Tornado Table Tennis Institute began in Northcote in January this year and currently has 127 students, including several from Orewa and Whangaparaoa, and is growing rapidly.
Demand has already exceeded the number of tables that the institute has available and Christine told the local board they could reach 500 students within a short time, if they had space to grow the sport.
The organisation is looking for a suitable venue to accommodate large numbers of players, hold tournaments and events.