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Sam von Einem’s Rio dream born in Abu Dhabi
SCOTT WALSH, PARALYMPICS, The Advertiser
July 13, 2016 5:29pm
SAM von Einem’s Rio dream began in a concrete bunker in Abu Dhabi.
He just didn’t know it at the time.
There, sheltered from the scorching desert heat, hitting table tennis balls against mum, dad, whoever was willing to get beaten by an eight-year-old.
“I just kept playing,” von Einem shrugs.
“I started winning — and, well, everyone loves winning.”
Thirteen years ago the now 21-year-old travelled with his family from Adelaide to the United Arab Emirates as part of an international secondment for his engineer father.
For three years the family lived in the country — but the extreme heat meant his favoured outdoor sports including tennis were virtually impossible to play.
Instead, indoor sports that could be honed in air-conditioned comfort took over.
And with their son’s strong tennis background, the von Einems introduced a table tennis table.
“Our home was basically a concrete bunker,” Mum Karen said.
“The houses there are huge, so in one of the rooms you have a table tennis table, because you’ve got so many rooms it doesn’t matter.”
Von Einem continued his rapid improvement when the family returned to Adelaide, in competition at Woodville District Table Tennis Club.
His representative under-age career launched when he was selected on SA’s under-13s team, and extended to earning a place in Table Tennis Australia’s under-18 squad to contest a world junior circuit event in New Zealand in 2012.
Yet in the background, a pattern of communication challenges that had dated back to von Einem’s childhood were confirmed during his teens as mild autism.
The diagnosis opened the possibility that von Einem could qualify for para-sport classification under strict international standards.
“I played able-bodied through most of my junior years and when I was 15 I found out I was autistic,” von Einem said.
“When I found out I could get into para-sport, that was pretty big, because I knew that I could potentially go to the Paralympics.”
Today, von Einem remains South Australia’s No. 2 ranked men’s player in open class. He has held the state’s top ranking in under-13s, under-15s, under-18s and under-21s.
He is world No. 6 in his class 11 (intellectual) category, and has secured selection to make his Paralympics debut as part of Australia’s five-person table tennis team in Rio in September.
“It’s fantastic,” he said.
“Australia loves its sport so it’s a privilege to represent it at the biggest championship for disabled athletes.”
Von Einem’s biggest moment came last year when he won singles gold in Spanish and Thailand Paralympic Opens.
He said selection for the Paralympics topped those achievements, and he was hopeful of capitalising on his chances on the biggest stage.
“I’m No. 6 in the world now, so I know I have a chance for a medal,” he said.
“It’s going to be really difficult to get one. But I believe that I can. Anything is possible.”
This year’s Paralympics run from September 7-18.
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OBITUARYWe are saddened to inform members of the passing of Fred Whelan. Fred was past club coach and President as well as past TTSA President.
The Woodville District Table Tennis Club (WDTTC), established as one of the first Table Tennis clubs in South Australia, has been at its current, spacious premises since 1960 just a few minutes NorthWest of Adelaide City up Port Road. South Australia’s great Public Transport network is handy to WDTTC with Woodville Park Railway Station just around the corner and many buses nearby.
We have recently completed a fire safety upgrade to comply with the requirements of the City of Charles Sturt including four large newly renovated washrooms with two purpose built full access washrooms. Full Access, Safety and First Aid facilities installed including Defibrillator with qualified personnel available. Our clubrooms are at the rear of 39a Windsor Avenue, Woodville Park, down a laneway to the club’s car park.
WDTTC is one of the top dedicated Table Tennis clubs in Australia, has 12 tables of competition standard and fields teams of all standards and abilities in the main fixtures Winter Pennant Competition conducted by Table Tennis S.A. Players range from beginners and Smash Hit players right through to Australian and World ranked players. We also run our own internal competitions during the Spring and Summer, which cater for players of all standards including beginners.
WDTTC has a successful junior and AWD coaching program headed by qualified Coaches on Friday nights and throughout the week. There are daytime sessions of social play on Wednesdays and Saturdays which are open to all. Table Tennis is also a good choice for low impact exercise needs. Table Tennis is one of the few sports in which the whole family and those of all ages and abilities can participate and enjoy together.
The ARPA Active Over 50s Table Tennis group meet here at Woodville District Table Tennis Club every Monday from 9:00am to 1:00pm. All levels of skill are catered for and beginners are most welcome. Keep yourself fit and make new friends.
Club Committee for 2016 is President: David Lowe, Secretary: Karen von Einem, Treasurer: Nada Hardi, Committee members: Kevin Malyschko, Audrey Swanbury, Richard Grant, Glenn Errington and Scott Hagel.