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The Peoples Table Tennis Club is very fortunate to have an amazing team of Directors, Instructors, Court Supervisors and Volunteers, whose passion for the Sport is exceeded only by their commitment to the highest levels of service.
We couldn't do it without them, so without further delay, please meet our team!
Samuel Ko is the owner and founder of The Peoples Table Tennis Club. He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary, is a Professional Engineer, a Certified Master Builder, a Commissioner of Oaths, and a broker under the Calgary Real Estate Board. At heart, he is an entrepreneur.
A believer of seasons, Sam opened up The Peoples Table Tennis Club in response to his own retirement, and to an aging baby boomer generation, especially women, who have dedicated so much of their lives to their family. Understanding the need for exercise, recreation, and community at this critical juncture, Sam envisions The Peoples Table Tennis Club as a place to promote health, friendship, and inter-generational communication.
Honorable Advisor Bobby Chan, is an entrepreneur in both work and play. In sport, he wears many hats: diver, diving coach, swimmer, snooker-player, bowler, soccer-player, and track and field athlete. But one of the hats he loves best is ‘table tennis player’. 80 years young, Bobby keeps active, playing six times a week, for nearly four hours a session.
Bobby is the founder president of the Calgary United Seniors Table Tennis Association (2001-2004), and president of the Bobby Chan Seniors Table Tennis Club, which continues to play at our facility. This small space only touches upon Bobby’s many accomplishments, but what can be added is this: Bobby is a champion volunteer, who freely devotes himself to working on behalf of others..
Lily Chan discovered the joys of table tennis when her husband first opened his table tennis club in 1998. Under Bobby’s coaching, she learned how to serve, volley, and receive, delighting at the ability to receive especially difficult serves. ‘You feel really happy when you’re able to return a sneaky hit!’
A former swimmer and lifesaver, she contrasts the social aspect of table tennis with the relative solitude of swimming. In addition to helping her keep fit, active, and young, ‘it makes me happy!’
Danny likes to play ping pong which is not only physical exercise but also mental training for a fast response to a brainstorming session in a second. It is good for human health from 6 to 80. At the age of 9 Danny was trained as a ping pong player where he had played for 10 years, before picking it up again only 12 years ago, in a return to playing sports.
Danny enjoys the various adaptations of controls needed of the ball, in terms of speed and technique and the great satisfaction that comes from it, as he continually improves his performance. To him, the club is a great place to meet people who are enthusiastic about Ping Pong, and to observe their playing skills to learn how to improve his own skills and techniques.
The Goal of the Club is to accommodate all walks of life regardless of color, age, gender, religion and nationality with an ideal environment, to improve their health by exercising and training themselves body and soul.
Doug had started out playing Table Tennis in Elementary school, when the sport started to gain popularity in Hong Kong. In 2010 Doug started getting back into the game with his best friends and realized that it was helpful in shifting his focus off of daily troubles.
Other benefits he found included improvement in hand eye coordination, breathing, improved reflexes and overall increase in body control. Doug strongly believes that those who wish to improve their health should consider making it out to play ping pong.
Whether as a player, coach or mentor, The Peoples Table Tennis Club is incredibly fortunate and proud of its association with Coach Duan Yongjun. With an amazing career spanning 23 years (17 as a player & 5 as a coach), his achievements (...which are too many to list), have taken him around the globe.
As a player, Duan was a member of the:
Duan's coaching career has been equally if not more impressive, with posts as Head Coach of The Singapore National Team, Head Coach of The Canadian National Team, and his present position as Head Coach of the Alberta Provincial Team. With a resume as storied as Coach Duan's, anyone who truly wishes to improve their game, would be remiss not to jump at the opportunity to learn from one of the games great players.