Triangle Proves Ideal Destination for Super Camp as Day 1 Premiers

By Matt Hetherington | Dec. 28, 2017, 7:21 a.m. (ET)

Day 1 of the USA Table Tennis Super Camp kicked off at the Triangle Table Tennis Center in Morrisville, North Carolina. The massive 35 table venue provides a perfect home for the Super Camp, which features groups of the top boys and girls in mini-cadet, cadet and junior US National teams along with a host of the nations top coaches. 

The players arrived across the day on Tuesday and by early Wednesday morning it was time for the training to kick off. A bitterly cold start at 7:15am on Wednesday morning was the physical warmup for the day followed by breakfast. The players will have to get used to this, as for the next week it will be normal!

The day featured two full training sessions in the morning and afternoon, along with a service practice session in the evening after dinner. The kids will gain valuable group training skills and team bonding as part of national teams here, also enhancing their independence skills - as no personal coaches or parents accompany them on the trip.

Joining the camp is 2016 US Olympian Tom Feng who set the standard yesterday in training. Having an Olympic athlete joining the group is priceless as it shows the kids the level they need to attain in order to reach their highest goals. 

A strong coaching staff featuring USATT High Performance Director Joerg Bitzigeio, National Coach Gao Jun, National Coaching Development Team members Tao Wenzhang, Pieke Franssen and Wang Qingliang are also joined with the support of Yang Shigang, Qi Wei, Zhang Yichi, Coach Kim and Ma Jinbao. This provides a very strong group training atmosphere with a lot of observation time and coach interaction with the players. 

The Super Camp will run through to the new year, ending on January 2nd, so as I sit here writing this article at 7:30am, I can hear the kids already starting their warmup for Day 2! Be sure to follow USA Table Tennis on Facebook as a variety of media including photos, videos, timelapses, slow-motion frames and boomerangs, along with some upcoming livestreams will be posted. Follow the action of the USA's rising talents throughout the week!