Veteran brings talent to the table
SOUTH Tweed table tennis player Gil Tauris blitzed the competition at the Australian Open Veterans Table Tennis Championships in Sydney last month.
Dominating the over-75 division, the veteran of 62 years returned triumphant with a gold and bronze medal draped around his neck.
“I was really happy to come home a winner,” Tarius said.
“I just love playing table tennis but winning makes it all the better.”
Having claimed the singles title in his age division in devastating fashion, Tauris then partnered with fellow Des Fitzpatrick to finish third in a hotly contested doubles division.
In the singles event Tauris beat the best Australia had to offer and also accounted for a strong international contingent from New Zealand, Japan and Scandinavia.
Chuffed with his efforts, Tauris was equally pleased that he and wife Noelene, who also represented NSW, remained injury free.
“We always make sure we stretch,” Tauris said.
“There were many shoulder and knee injuries but luckily not for us.”
Tauris may have developed expert skills over the past half century but he continues to train up to three times a week to work on his performance and will up the ante next year as he looks to defend his title in Melbourne
The sporty couple were joined by fellow South Tweed representative Kayoko Govindasamy who secured a top 10 finish in the over-40 women’s division.