PRESS RELEASE US PARALYMPIC TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS LAS VEGAS, NEVADA DECEMBER 13-16, 2006 The event Organizing Committee supported by the USA Table Tennis Disabled Athletes Committee, the American Wheelchair Table Tennis Association, and U.S. Paralympics, a division of the USOC, is delighted to inform you that on December 13-16, they will be hosting the 2006 U.S. Paralympics Table Tennis Championships at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. We have received entries from 21 countries including the USA with more than 80 wheelchairs and standing disabled athletes participating. Countries sending teams to Las Vegas include Australia, Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Iceland, Korea, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and of course, USA! Since 1994 USA Table Tennis has hosted the US Nationals for disabled athletes in Las Vegas in conjunction with US Closed National Championships. This is the second straight year that we will be hosting an open international Paralympic tournament instead of a closed US Nationals. The officials for the tournament are Referee Karol Ziduliak of Canada, Deputy Referee Chris Williams of the United States, Technical Delegate Leandro Olvech of Argentina, Organizing Chair and Manager Jennifer Johnson, Tournament Directors David Del Vecchio and Sharon Frant Brooks of the United States, and International Classifiers Dr. Norma Angelica Patino Marquez of Mexico and Nardia Vaccaro of Argentina. The official tournament equipment is Butterfly tables, nets and 40mm Nittaku 3-star orange balls. We will play on a total of 18 tables suitable for wheelchair and standing competition. Play will be held on two surfaces – red rubberized floor for standing players and concrete for wheelchairs athletes. The official tournament hotel is the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino of Las Vegas. Meals will be provided by the hotel. The City of Las Vegas Adaptive Recreation Division will provide the athletes with lunches for two of the days of competition. Transportation between the Stratosphere and the Las Vegas Convention Center will be via wheelchair equipped shuttle buses. In addition to the competition itself, two Education Programs will be held in conjunction with the tournament at the Sierra Room of the Stratosphere Hotel. Nardia Vaccaro, International Classifier from Argentina, will conduct a Classification seminar on Monday December 11 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The following day, Karol Ziduliak of Canada will hold an IPTTC officials certification seminar starting at 8:00 pm in the Stratosphere’s Sierra Room at the Stratosphere. Members of the organizing committee are: Jennifer Johnson, Chair, Sharon Frant Brooks and David Del Vecchio. We look forward to welcoming you to Las Vegas in December! If you are interested in further information or would like to assist us in any way, please contact the USA Table Tennis at 719- 866-4583 or Jennifer Johnson at 203-967-2231 or 914-879-5184 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.