GROTON, Conn. – A touring table tennis match has begun bouncing round Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London, due to the bottom Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) crew; and, the bottom commanding officer himself performed within the first spherical held on March 23.
The brainchild of MWR Liberty Coordinator Nathan Viking, the touring table tennis match just isn’t solely a harbinger of spring and heat climate returning to Connecticut, but additionally the push to get Sailors outdoor as soon as once more and engaged in secure, socially-distanced, enjoyable pursuits.
Sunshine and a six-foot table between gamers make outdoor table tennis an optimum exercise as the bottom navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, Viking identified.
Holding up a magnetic ball and a metallic-gold, painted paddle with the phrases “Paddle of Champions 2021,” Viking showcased the trophy for which instructions would compete throughout the touring tournaments throughout the bottom.
“Trophy goes to the winner,” stated Viking. “And we’re kicking it off with a recreation towards the captain.”
The opening occasion, held in entrance of the SUBASE New London Headquarters in Ramage Corridor (Constructing 86), featured Commanding Officer Capt. Todd Moore and Viking. Moore requested the date and site to launch the competitors earlier than Viking quickly transfers to Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily.
“I discovered Nathan is placing on these touring ping pong occasions; bringing the enjoyable to the Sailors!” stated Moore. “I instructed him, earlier than you go, we have now to play. So thanks for setting this up. That is fantastic.”
Viking offered Moore with a particular commemorative paddle emblazoned with the play-on-words: “Captain Moore than You Can Deal with.”
Moore smiled, pulled a private paddle from a seeming holster beneath his uniform shirt, assumed a pen-hold grip, and urged Viking to step to the table. Viking laughed and the competitors for the best of three video games started because the wind picked up.
Within the match, the primary participant to achieve 11 factors would win that recreation. Moore and Viking wanted to play solely two of the three attainable video games. Moore got here out triumphant.
“Clearly the results of maturity and expertise,” stated Viking grinning.
After Moore and Viking completed, different gamers who signed up took their turns taking part in table tennis. MWR stored the ambiance festive, offering pizza, mini-cheesecakes, and refreshments for all.
Moore took benefit of the chance to thank MWR Director Bob Kydd and the MWR crew for his or her modern efforts throughout the pandemic. He additionally acknowledged MWR employees with worker of the month certificates for 2020, and bid Viking a fond farewell.
“With the flexibility to flex in placing on COVID-safe actions, focusing indoors throughout the winter, and shifting now to reap the benefits of the climate and outdoor, I hope that is the spark that tells folks, ‘we will come again to life,’” stated Moore.
Kydd praised Viking’s organizing skills and stated Sigonella was receiving an awesome employees member. He added that it was good to have the ability to collect collectively once more, even whereas bodily distanced and outdoor.
“So far as Nathan goes, I hate to see him go, however I additionally take nice satisfaction in seeing him develop as properly,” stated Kydd. “He may have oversight of liberty and deployed forces. Sixth Fleet pulls in there, so he will probably be offering recreation assist to of all of the ships that pull into the ports in Sicily.”
Within the meantime, MWR has begun travelling with the table to varied tenant instructions across the base. These fascinated with becoming a member of the bouncing table tennis tournaments or different actions could get entangled by contacting SUBASE New London MWR at 860-694-2298 or visiting: https://www.fb.com/mwrsubasenlon/.
|Date Posted:||03.29.2021 13:38|
|Location:||GROTON, CT, US|