Badminton, table tennis complex hits new high

THE Bendigo Badminton Table Tennis Centre has been named one of the best facilities in the state.

The Eaglehawk facility has undergone redevelopment works, with the City of Greater Bendigo spending more than $70,000 on improving its infrastructure.

The Bendigo Table Tennis Association has also chipped in with the face-lift works, installing a new sports floor.

The new improvements have attracted two of Victoria’s best table tennis players in Melissa Tapper and Ivan Sulfaro. 

The pair are currently training at the revamped centre in preparation for the Commonwealth Games trials, which will take place on the Gold Coast later this month.

City of Greater Bendigo mayor Barry Lyons said it was exciting to see high profile athletes use the city’s facilities.

He said the work conducted at the centre was part of the council’s commitment to ensure the community had the best facilities and infrastructure needed to attract major sporting events in the region.

“The centre is gearing up to host the Bendigo State Under 21 and Junior Tournament on February 23 and the State Veterans Tournament on May 4,” Cr Lyons said.

“This year the centre will also host the Australian Junior Women’s Training Camp from April 9 to 14.

“This camp will be under the guidance of Australia’s High Performance manager and National head coach Jens Lang and world top five ranked player Branka Batinic from Croatia.”

Cr Lyons said the Bendigo Badminton Table Tennis Centre had now become a sought after venue for major tournaments. 

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