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In Goudelin, grandfather and nephew united by passion for table tennis

In Goudelin, grandfather and nephew united by passion for table tennis

Despite the half-century that separates them, Matthias and Jean-Pierre have the same passion they share: ping!
Despite the half-century that separates them, Matthias and Jean-Pierre have the same passion they share: table tennis. © Echo

within Goudelin Table Tennis Clubis Matthias Melzassard, a 15-year-old licensed youngster who plays on the D1 team.

He discovered ping “in college, on the tables in the playground.” And as we say so well, “to try means to adopt!” »

So Matthias decided to train at a club and joined the Goudelin club three years ago, bringing with him his grandfather, Jean-Pierre Scarpetta..

At the time, at the age of 66, this painter, who practiced in Seine-et-Marne and had free time as a young retiree based in Brittany, did not find himself standing in the stands to encourage Matthias.

So he approached the tables and started successfully hitting the little white ball.

A year later, he signed his first competitor license. “I play in D3 and I like it a lot”, underlines the dynamic pensioner who today is as dependent on ping-pong as his nephew. It must be said that he knows the sport, as he has played rugby and is part of a cycling club in the Paris region, near the Coulommiers (77).

Four hours of training

Twice a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 6pm to 8pm, Matthias and his grandfather are at the Goudelin Sports Hall. Thus they line up four hours of training per week, not counting the days of racing. Jean-Pierre is even more committed to this club as it is his new treasurer.

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Watching them exchange balls, encourage each other during competitions … is a real pleasure for Sabine Le Guyader, the president of the table tennis club, who took root in Goudelin in 1986.

The complicity of Matthias and his grandfather is a reality that is expressed outside the ping-pong tables, in this town of Pommer-le-Vicomte where they now live.

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