hello to all group members.
Martin has done a wonderful job in getting this going and we should all try
to encourage the growth of classic table hockey across canada. firstly, try
attending as many events as you can. see if you can organize a tourney in
your area, so that there are more events available for players to attend...
there is no shortfall of table hockey fans out there, just more exposure
needed... there are several players from Alberta travelling to play in the
Toronto Classic, and they are interested in starting an Alberta tournament
perhaps even this year. they have a good base of players and will grow
quickly I am sure.
As for introductions, I started playing table hockey when I was a kid of 8
or 9 years old and attended my first tourney when I was 17 or 18. When I
got to university, I started a league (1999 i think) and it grew to 30
active members playing scheduled games once a week. Some of the players
that were in that league are still competitive today. (andrew ennals, john
barnes, brad bell, and myself) More importantly, we started to get interest
from the general public and in 2000 the league developed into the current
Toronto Classic Table Hockey Championship. In 2000, there were 28 players
competing, and in 2004, there were 94 players at the event. It grows fast
with the right exposure...
I am an elementary school teacher and I ran a league for 2 years at the
first school I was employed at. That year, 8 kids got school board
permission and a bit of travel money to compete at 2 events: the Hamilton
Ontario tourney and the Toronto Classic. The league (in Douglas, Ontario)
still exists today and around 30-40 kids play each year. It was considered
a great success as the "team" travelled over 500 km to get to each of these
events... some of the kids made the A pool too!
anyway... that's my story...
hope to see ya all at the next few events!
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