Table tennis a ticket to ride
By TANIA PHILLIPS
CABARITA brothers Wade and Kane Townsend are wracking up the frequent flyer miles as they pursue their dreams to become Olympians in the sport of table tennis.
Wade, 16, and Kane, almost 14, both had overseas trips during the summer school holidays and could find themselves visiting at least four more countries between them this year as their table tennis careers continue to take off.
It will be a big 18-months for Wade in particularly as the Kingscliff High School HSC student chases his dream to make the Australian team for Olympic Games in China next year.
The young brothers, who have already attracted sponsorship from Japan, have already started to make forays into the international table tennis scene.
Wade was a member of the Australian team that finished 10th (Australia's best ever finish) at the World Junior Championships in Egypt earlier this year while Kane headed to China for two week's training as part of the Oceania Table Tennis Federation scholarship squad.
On their return the pair stepped out of junior ranks and into the NSW Under-21 Youth competition where Wade beat his brother for the singles title, the pair combined to win the doubles and Wade was part of the winning mixed doubles combination.
"I did a Federer - I didn't drop a set during the men's singles," Wade joked.
"Be nice if I could do it this weekend."
This weekend Wades tackles the NSW titles at the Olympic facility at Homebush.