The championships run from 23-27 January at the Northern Suburbs Table Tennis Centre at the Hobart Showgrounds, with athletes from across the country vying for National titles across several classification groups.
Carroll will compete in the Class 11 Men's singles; the Open Men's singles where he will compete against all other classification groups; and the Class 11 teams for Victoria. The Class 11 athletes are all athletes with an Intellectual Impairment.
His biggest challengers will come from the number 3 ranked player in the world, Sam von Einem from South Australia, and Queenslander Ashley Parrott.
Over the 5 day tournament, Carroll will potentially play up to 15 matches, and will be putting all his practice and training to use.
Carroll is a member of the WestVic Academy of Sport (WVAS) Table Tennis Program, and receives weekly training sessions, strength and conditioning training, Sports Psychology sessions, and Nutritional advice.
Alongside Carroll at the tournament will be WVAS Table Tennis Coach Alois Rosario in his capacity as the Paralympic Preparation Program (PPP) Assistant coach. Rosario trains Carroll and his fellow Academy athletes at the Ballarat Table Tennis Centre.
In other Academy athlete news briefly:
- Emma Werner will this weekend compete at the 2015 Victorian Country Championships. These championships will be held at LaTrobe University Bendigo Athletics Track from 23-25 January. Werner will be competing in her pet event, Hammer Throw, and will be using this meet as preparation for her upcoming competition schedule at the Victorian State Championships and the New Zealand National Championships in March and the Australian National Championships in April. All these will culminate in the possible selection in the Oceania Championships in June.
- Basketballers Chloe Bibby and Sam Short have been selected into their respective Victoria Country teams for their upcoming National Championships; to be held in the term one school holidays. Between now and then, both will have weekly training with their state teams.
- Gymnast Hudson Irwin will again head to Canberra from February 13 to 16 for a camp with the very best young gymnasts from across Australia; this time being invited to the “Team Future” camp, especially for the best of the best young talent. Irwin attended a similar camp in February 2014, finishing ranked as the second best athlete in his age group in the country. The following weekend Hudson will join his two fellow nominees for the “Young Male Gymnast of the Year” at the Gymnastics Victoria awards.
For further information, please contact Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward on 0417 044 419, or visit the WestVic Academy of Sport website at www.westvicsport.org.au.