The Port City Ping Pong Throw Down 9 on Friday, January 26 was a smashing success, breaking the participation records for the previous eight Throw Downs with more than 100 players in the big bracket—and another 150 who came to cheer them on. The Wilmington Table Tennis Club has been hosting these Throw Downs at the BAC since 2013. They’re not getting any smaller! Or less popular!
Players began arriving to register and start warming up around 4:30 on Friday. Once registration closed, Wilmington Table Tennis Club member Phillip Nadeau “ran the 102 person double elimination bracket flawlessly, which is nearly an impossible feat!” according to a post by the WTTC after the event. Club President Laurance Nadeau was amazed by the turnout. “The record number of attendance was 96. This is the biggest Throw Down ever,” said Nadeau. “We’ve had the President of the USATT [USA Table Tennis] say that nationwide, this is a truly unique event, and he’s never been to an event as fun as the ones we hold here.”
While Nadeau says that the WTCC hosts the tournaments just to bring the table tennis community of Wilmington and surrounding areas together to play, it never hurts to sweeten the pot with prize money. This year, first place winner Yi Wong took home $250, second place winner Matt Worrell won $150, and third place winner walked out with $100. If you’re a player and want to get in on the action at next year’s Throw Down, you can start practicing with the WTTC right now. Just check out Wilmington Table Tennis Club on Facebook for scheduling and news updates.