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It Started With a Tremor:Parkinson's World Table Tennis Championship

Warren Rosenberg | New York, United States

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It began with the dream of one man, an accomplished international composer and musician, Nenad Bach, who found himself facing the challenge of his life; the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease.  It grew into an international movement culminating in the first ever International Table Tennis Federation’s Parkinson’s World Table Tennis Championship.

In October of 2019, undeterred by the physical challenges of this disease, sixty-six Parkinson’s patients from around the world gathered at the Westchester Table Tennis Center in Pleasantville, New York, for a three-day celebration of their abilities and their spirit.

In the words of Marty McFly, the fictional protagonist of the ‘Back to the Future’ movie franchise portrayed by Michael J. Fox, himself a Parkinson’s patient, “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.”

Yes, Marty, they can.

Nenad Bach

Ping Pong Parkinson

Michael J. Fox Foundation

Westchester Table Tennis Center

Will Shortz

This exhibit presents a very brief look into the first ever Parkinson's World Table Tennis Championship which has subsequently spawned similar events across the world. All photographs, a more complete accounting of the history of the event, participant interviews, and follow-up activities will appear in the forthcoming book, "It Started WIth a Tremor and It's Shaking Up the World, co-authored with Nenad Bach.

 

Warren Rosenberg

email:  warren@nyspg.com

text: 914-703-5521

websites:  www.nyspg.com   www.MetroSportsMag.com

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