“Ping Pong, Never Too Old For Gold” – 22nd August 2017

We are hosting the following event at our new Ping! Pong Parlour at Oxford University Rugby Club, Iffley Road on Tuesday 22nd August  and I thought it would be of interest to your network and other contacts. The event is being organised by Anne Borrowdale from Oxford and District Table Tennis Association and the Cowley Table Tennis Club.

“Ping Pong, Never Too Old For Gold” is an encouraging British feature length documentary featuring a group of pensioners from across the planet competing in the over-80s World Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia.

The movie, presented in March 2012 during the UK launch event of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, was officially released two weeks before the London Olympics

The film follows eight players with 703 years between them, who guide viewers through the extraordinary world of veteran sports, including Australian legend Dorothy de Low, who at 99 years old was the oldest competitor at the championships in Inner Mongolia. Other stars of the movie are Terry (81), who having been given a week to live not only recovers, but gets in sight of winning gold, and Inge (89), who has used table tennis to train her way out of dementia.

Ping Pong is a funny and emotional film about people who might be old, but still want gold. From the outset the film challenges perceptions of what it is to grow old. With humour and sensitivity it engages with the issues we all face in an ageing global population.

The event starts at 2pm with tea and cake with the film showing at 2.30pm for approx. 80 minutes. After the film there is the opportunity to play ping pong and even challenge Percy the Ping! bot who fires balls at different speeds and angles. How many returns will you hit in one minute?

The event is FREE for all to attend and there is no need to book.

There is limited parking on site (access via Jackdaw Lane) and pedestrian, cycle access direct from Iffley Road following the flags and banners. With a bus stop just outside the gates it really is easy to attend.

Margaret Stevens | School Sports Development Officer | Sport and Physical Activity Team |Active mstevens@oxford.gov.uk