Table tennis umpire on world stage

LOCAL table tennis guru Tiffany Adams has been selected as a technical official for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games that kicked off in Australia this week.The Games run until April 15.

FOCUSED ON : Table tennis talent, Tiffany Adams was recently selected as a technical official for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games currently taking place in Australia. In this photograph, Adams is umpiring at last year’s World Senior Championships in Germany Picture: SUPPLIED

Qualifying as a White Badge International Umpire in 2010, the talented player was the first woman from the Eastern Cape to qualify.

Her umpiring career kicked off three years ago – and even saw Adams umpiring at the World Senior Championships in Germany last year where she witnessed the world’s best table tennis players in action.

“Umpiring at the World Senior Championships was my first big achievement but my Commonwealth Games’ selection as technical official is a major boost for my career and I am really proud to be representing my country at the Games,” said Adams.

“I’m really looking forward to learning much more from the more experienced umpires.”

The local star, who started playing table tennis at the age of six, held the Eastern Cape Champion title for many years during her career.

She also won the South African Championship title after winning the national tournament in 2004.

“An umpire’s primary job is to take control of the match.He/she makes the final decisions relating to the points played in the match,” Adams said.

“However, to be an international umpire requires skill and a thorough knowledge of the laws and rules of table tennis.”

In order to become an international umpire, Adams had to write and pass a specialised international umpire’s examination and undergo a selection process via the South African Table Tennis Board (SATTB).

“The Board primarily focus on women development, which means they will mainly select women to umpire at big international events,” Adams said.

“My future plans include promoting and inspiring women in the sport industry, focussing primarily on young girls. I want to continue to be an ambassador for the province and the country,” said Adams


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