Capital Plastics Tournament is Big Hit for the Juniors

By Richard Finn | April 08, 2018, 9:14 p.m. (ET)

2nd Annual Capital Plastics Tournament

Capital Plastics Tournament is Big Hit for the Juniors 
By Richard Finn 
Recently more than 50 California junior players had the special privilege of meeting and playing with a dozen top Chinese junior players at the 2nd Annual Capital Plastics Tournament hosted at the California Table Tennis Club in Rosemead on March 17-18.
In con-junction with the tournament, a 2018 ITTF/USATT Hopes camp was held for the juniors. 
The event was a win-win for everybody according to club manager Kevin Yu.
“The significance was opportunity to maximize tournament play at similar age level,” Yu told USATT officials.  “Contenders have opportunities to compete with top tier players from China. Hopes students also were able to leverage the new mental sport strategy taught by (Coach) Peike (Franssen) and apply it to the tournament games.  US youth players have some amazing practice and game experience with top tier Chinese students. “
The weekend was part of a bigger effort by the club to foster the growth of the game in the area as well as using table tennis as a vehicle to help youngsters grow both as players and as young adults. 
“California Table Tennis is a non profit organization and focuses on youth table tennis development,” explained Yu.  “We hope to teach youth how to learn table tennis and use this sport as a way for their personal development.”  
Tournament competition was fierce as there was a lot at stake for the champions in the form of a spot in a future ITTF/Hopes event in Canada later this season. 
The winners were Jensen Feng for the boys and Kayleigh Cui for the girls’ event. 
“Kayleigh is from California Table Tennis and Jensen is from northern California.  Kayleigh is a chopper and has improved significantly in 2017 and 2018. Jensen has such a great enthusiasm and sportsmen attitude,” said Yu. “Both players will go a long way if they can continue to train hard and expose to formal table tennis training.”
In addition 9-year-old Elina Yin was a standout, winning two event trophies with exception talent and great patience at the table.
A big shout out for the success of the event has to go to Jeff Quan and Coach Gao and Coach Peike said Yu.