About Alaska Table Tennis: 

AT and T Sports Pavilion new wood floor

This website was created to inform players and supporters about table tennis  in Alaska including history, clubsschools, News, links and information about the sport.  Practice sessions, Leagues, tournaments and social gatherings occur on weekday nights and some weekends.  Clubs in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Wasilla, Eagle River, Soldtona and Homer.  If you know of other clubs or gathering in Alaska let us know!  Rural Alaska!

Want to join us?  Come out and play for exercise, competition and fun.

 

Look for AWG in March 2018 in South Slave, Hay River, Fort Smith NWT Canada.  Table Tennis Team Tryouts proposed for Sat. Dec. 16, 2017 in Anchorage, AK at TBD location and time.  Contact Karl Augestad for more info at akttclub@gmail.com and (907)360-4276

Errol Resek 

 

One of Alaska's former resident and top USA table tennis player in the 1970's, Errol Resek wins at the 2012 USATT National Champions in 70+ Doubles.  Errol paired up with Ron Von Schimmelmann against Gary Gudzenko and George Braithwaite.  11-9, 2-11, 18-11, 11-6 and 11-5.  Coming back from down 2-1.

And in December 2014 at the US Nationals in Las Vegas winning 3 gold medals in Doubles & Mixed doubles.

USATT HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2012  Inductee Errol Resek is best known for his USA Team membership of the "Ping Pong Diplomacy" in 1971 in China and "China in U.S." in 1972.  Hall of Fame celebrated on Thursday Dec. 20th in Las Vegas, NV with inductees George "Gus" Kennedy, Tieu Lan Vuong, Jennifer Johnson and Dick Evans.

Errol's Alaskan connection was as an Anchorage resident and member of the Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska in 1982 hosted in Fairbanks, AK.  Undefeated and taking Gold Ulus in Singles, Doubles and Team events.  Errol coached Alaska players including 1982 men's teammates Dennis Bogard, Bob Camden and Karl Augestad. Team coach was Boyd Bennett, Alaska's first Table Tennis Hall of Fame inductee.  Karl Augestad remembers Errol as the most influential coach and top level player in Alaskan history.  Errol became a multi year champion in open Singles, mixed and open doubles in the early 80's.  He dominated the local scene upsetting defending Alaska open singles champion, Kenji Kusano in a fast paced smash and spin shootout.  My memory of that early 80's finals was as the scorekeeper and watching close to the table the intense rallies that generated consistant depth on the table. Member of U.S. contingent to World Veterans Championship in Sweden, 1982.   Errol now lives in Las Vegas, NV and still and active player and coach.  

Karl remembers his grace of movement and smooth strokes.  Incredible "touch" and deception on offense and defense.  Originally from the Dominican Republic, Errol played in the early classic hard bat era and when switched to sponge he opted to play with thinner sponge for greater contact and delicate control.  Yet could generate plenty of spin.  A great hard bat player too.   

See the story at USATT HALL OF FAME (click)

Look for Errol at the Nevada Senior Games in Henderson, NV on Oct. 2-3, 2015 with fellow Alaskan, Karl Augestad of Anchorage, AK.  They will be paired in the 55-59 year doubles.  

TABLE TENNIS STAR MARTY "The Needle" REISMAN PASSES AWAY AT AGE 82Photo courtesy of The Table Tennis Nation

"Marty was a 23 time National and International table tennis champion whose fashion sense, swagger, and playing style  made him a star on and off the table. His career spanned decades with Reisman winning  a National Championship as recently as 1997, about 40 years after his first National Championship–a record likely never to be broken." See the full story at TABLE TENNIS NATION (Click Here)

articles: Alt Daily "Creative Non-Fiction Marty Reisman"

A Hundred Tacks "Smash"

 

OPEN PLAY TABLE TENNIS AT AT & T Sports Pavilion(click for Google Street View) 11051 O'Malley Centre Dr. Anchorage, AK 99515

AT & T Sports Pavilion, court #4 (Green)Drop in Table Tennis practice, challenge matches & round robin play held in Anchorage at the AT & T Sports Pavilion.  cost is $7.  TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. 

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TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO AT&T SP BOOKING OF OTHER EVENTS OUT OF THE CONTROL OF ALASKA TABLE TENNIS.

Call to confirm or for more information: Karl Augestad, (907)360-4276, email: akttclub@gmail.com

Support Alaska Table Tennis buy a limited edition Alaska Trading Pin.  

Only $6.95 and included postage to USA addresses.  Contact: Karl at akttclub@gmail.com

Design features ALASKA SALMON on top of a flaming snowball, Alaska Flag of the 8 stars of gold on a field of blue on the paddle, large size is 2" x 2".  Pin lapel back. 

 

Juneau players during the Table Tennis Clinic, coach Karl AugestadJuneau Table Tennis Clinic held in Feb. 2008

Table Tennis is often seasonal sport to Alaskans as the "locals" like the outdoors during the long summer days.  Our long winter nights make it perfect for TT action indoors.  So action can be found in small gathers in churches, schools, businesses, homes and afterhours in some local resturants. 

The history of the sport can be found at our LINKS PAGE at the USATT and ITTF websites.

The first know Alaska table tennis group was formed by Boyd Bennett prior to 1970.  Mr. Bennett was Alaska's first Arctic Winter Games coach for Team Alaska that same year.  Anchorage hosted the 1970 Arctic Winter Games.

Members of the Alaska Table Tennis Hall of Fame include Boyd Bennett, Bob Janes and Jerry Smith.

Jerry Smith was a strong supporter of Table Tennis in Alaska.  Jerry is now honored with the Jerry Smith Spirt of the Game award for the player who demonstrates Sportmanship, Fair Play and the Love of the Game.2011 Award recipiant

This award is present by the Fairbanks Interior Table Tennis Club in honor of our friend, Jerry Smith. Jerry was a great ambassador for Table Tennis.  

Past recipiants include:

In 2009 Darrell Jones of Soldtona was presented the first Jerry Smith Award at the Alaska State Championships in Anchorage

In fall of 2009 Mary Tony of Fairbanks was presented the award at the 2009 FITT Fun TT Tournament.

In 2010 Ben Erickson of Anchorage was presented the Award at the 2010 Alaska Yukon Challenge.

In 2011 the official and control desk extrodinare,