Townsend ping of the ponging world

CABARITA’S Wade Townsend is training in Tokyo ahead of his first crack at the senior World Table Tennis Championships.

The 20-year-old is one of three Australians selected to take on the world in the Netherlands in May.

Townsend has had annual training stints in Japan for a number of years and his mother and coach, Cathy Townsend, said it gave him the opportunity to take his game to the next level.

“The club there does have some of the best players in the world training there,” she said.

“The coach he is under has trained world champions.”

While one of only three Australians set to compete at the World Championships, Townsend is aiming to finish in the top 100 at the Netherlands event.

Townsend, one of 12 men in the Australian high-performance squad, will then turn his attentions to next year’s London Olympics.

“The World Championships and Olympics are the Mecca of table tennis and to make the Olympic team and have that opportunity is the ultimate goal,” Cathy said.

“The last Olympic trials he placed eighth and they took the top five, and he has improved a lot since then.”

The Cabarita Beach Table Tennis Club is producing some of Australia’s best young talent including Townsend’s younger brother Kane, 17, who will lead an Australian team to Guam for a world junior circuit event.

Joining him for the tour will be Tweed club members Jake Duffy, 12, and Keryn Hunt, 17.

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