We are proud with USATT Para athletes for great performances and numerous medals in 2019 international competitions. As we are stepping into 2020, we are looking forward for Paralympic team composition, which will be finalized in the next few months as the last three steps of qualifications per Para ITTF selection procedures will be completed.
Meanwhile, the top Para athletes are going to compete in several 2020 ITTF Para events and take advantage of training opportunities. USOPC and USATT are going to support Para athletes in preparation for Paralympics.
Parallel to high performance plans, USATT is going to focus more than ever on Para recruiting and growth of Para participants. It became evident for some years that Para pipeline needs initial support of National Governing Association in order to jump start local recruiting and programs. In 2020, the pilot programs in 6 areas across the country will take place. Para Coaches and Paralympian will be assisting with the program. Para coaching and classification courses would be other two crucial elements in Para development and grassroots activities plans around the country.
With a great support toward Para program and understanding very specific needs, we are looking forward to see a great opportunities in 2020 for Para athletes, coaches and classifiers.