A dedicated North Shore coach has been recognized with a provincial award for her work teaching and promoting the sport of table tennis.
Luba Sadovska, the head coach of the North Shore Table Tennis Club, was recently named B.C.’s Community Coach of the Year in the annual viaSport Coach of the Year awards. More than 100 nominations were received this year in three award categories: community coach, competition coach, and high performance coach.
“I’m a passionate promoter of the sport of table tennis,” Sadovska told the North Shore News. “The sport is my passion and my job that I absolutely love.”
Sadovska, who played on the junior national team in her native Slovakia, co-founded the North Shore Table Tennis Club with Claudine Gunn six years ago and it has quickly grown into a thriving sports organization for players of all abilities. Several youth athletes from the club have competed provincially and nationally, and senior players have medalled at the 55+ B.C. Games.
Sadovska has also taken on a development role within Table Tennis Canada’s National Coaching Program, and trains a member of the para-table tennis national team.
“I coach many table tennis programs in our club, from kids to youth, seniors classes, wheelchair table tennis classes, Happy Hands Adapted Table Tennis program, to women and girls in table tennis programs,” said Sadovska. “Table tennis has numerous benefits for the mind, body and soul.”