From 11-13th October, a much anticipated world-first finally came to the USA, with the ITTF Foundation and the Westchester Table Tennis Center in Pleasantville, New York, partnering together to bring the first ever Parkinson's World Table Tennis Championships to the table.
A total of 62 players entered the inaugural event, with a total of 22 of those players on home turf representing the United States of America.
Many of those there would describe the tournament as a magical experience, one which created friendships, shared stories of suffering and triumph, and combined smiles and tears in some incredibly emotional events as the world crowned its first Parkinson's table tennis champions.
There were many medals to be had for Team USA, who proudly represented their country, most of them for their first time. Walking away from Westchester with their heads held high, some of these exceptional individuals were now World Champions.
Gold, Class 3 Men's Singles - Hamid Ezzat-Ahmadi
Gold, Class 2 Men's Singles - Ilya Rozenblat
Gold, Women's Singles - Margie Alley
Gold, Class 3 Men's Singles Consolation - Nenad Bach
Silver, Men's Doubles - Navin Kumar & Ilya Rozenblat
Bronze, Class 3 Men's Singles - Navin Kumar
Bronze, Women's Doubles - Margie Alley
We sincerely congratulate all of our amazing athletes, those who won medals in their events, but to all the players for taking part in this premier event. We applaud the efforts of Westchester Table Tennis Center - Will Shortz and Nenad Bach, along with the ITTF Foundation, on making this event a reality, and giving a memorable experience to the players who came here from around the globe.
We hope that this debut event will pave the way for many more in the future, and that Table Tennis will be seen around the world as a powerful tool in helping those struggling with Parkinson's Disease around the world.
You can find the full results on the ITTF Homepage here.