Aaron Payne has won Queensland para table tennis titles and has won silver and bronze national medals already this year. He plays twice a week with the Warwick group at St Mary's.
Aaron Payne has won Queensland para table tennis titles and has won silver and bronze national medals already this year. He plays twice a week with the Warwick group at St Mary's. Gerard Walsh

Time on table tennis court pays off for Aaron

SPORTSVIEW WITH GERARD WALSH

QUEENSLAND representative and dual national para table table medallist Aaron Payne is eyeing off Australian representation somewhere down the track and it is great there are two days of social games each week in Warwick.

He plays on Monday and Friday mornings at the St Mary's Pavilion in Guy St and backs up to play fixtures in Toowoomba.

While many of his opponents in Warwick are much older, the reality is time on court is what matters. Table tennis is one sport you can play at any age.

European-based Warwick driver Matt Campbell often said to me that "time in the seat” is what matters, whether in his Datsun in Warwick or a Porsche.

I always wanted to be a Warwick champion at something and thought about giving table tennis a go. Don't think I would have beaten Don Liriges and the many others who starred in the days there were players galore at the old show pavilion.

Don't encourage the players

I WROTE a tongue in cheek column on Tuesday asked for the players in the Wheatvale team to get a bit more excited after a wicket for a "photo opportunity”.

The day after, one of the umpires warned me not to encourage our cricketers too much as occasionally players can go a bit too far with the celebrations.

The main thing we never want to see in Warwick is bowlers giving batsmen a "farewell” after a dismissal. No too many problems here.



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