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Clarke Is New Coach

Former Australian rep Brett Clarke is the new coach of the Fiji Table Tennis national team. This was announced at the Fiji Table Tennis Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva last
11 May 2015 08:50
Clarke Is New Coach
Fiji Table Tennis coach Brett Clarke (yellow tee shirt) with his players at Laucala Bay last Saturday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Former Australian rep Brett Clarke is the new coach of the Fiji Table Tennis national team.

This was announced at the Fiji Table Tennis Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva last Saturday.

Clarke, who signed a two-year contract, said his main focus was getting better results at the ITTF – Oceania Junior Championships in Kiribati and the Pacific Games in Port Moresby.

“My main focus for right now is the upcoming tournaments and getting our athletes through these tournaments,” he said.

“I want to develop the sport here in Fiji and give Fiji the opportunity to be more competitive, not only in the Pacific but in the Oceania region.

“I’ve only been here for a few days and so I am not really aware of what we are capable of yet because I haven’t seen the competition. But my aim is to just offer the kids my experience and give them a chance to get the best results possible.

“For Pacific Games we will only have a month to prepare but it’s more about training them in the way that I know.”

With 32 years of experience, Clarke has played internationally for 15 years and represented Australia at the 2000 Olympic Games.

He was also a silver medallist in the Manchester Commonwealth Games and formerly a singles and doubles champion.

Clarke said with enough training, Fiji has the ability to compete against top teams in the region.

“We have about seven kids who are under the age of 16.”

The team will leave today for the ITTF – Oceania Junior Championships in Kiribati on May 16.

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