It's not called ping pong but rather table tennis and four rising talents from Hastings Secondary College are about to test their skills at the NSW combined high schools state championships in June.
Nick Rudd and Zack Morgan are in year 9 and Jack Agland and Jessie Gill are in year 12 and all four say table tennis is as much a physical sport as a social and mental one to enjoy.
"I think the thing we all love about table tennis is that we get to do it together and have a lot of fun," Jessie said.
"We are the current North Coast champions having played Kempsey and Coffs Harbour and now we are preparing to head to the state championships to play teams from all over NSW."
"It is a very respectful sport and you can always learn something new from watching others play," Jack said.
The team of four has representation from both Westport and Port Macquarie campus and the boys train at every opportunity.
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"We play all the time together and separately it just depends on where we are," Nick said.
"We also play at the old PCYC where I am the club champion for the Port Macquarie Table Tennis Club. I think for all of us we enjoy it because it is so social.
"But for me personally there are endless possibilities when it comes to shots and techniques which I love and I am always trying new things."
All four players are excited about the challenge playing at the next level provides preparing to compete against students from all over the state.
"The competition when we go to Sydney is going to be pretty big and there will be schools competing from all over the state," Zack said.
"We will be going to Olympic Park in Sydney and hopefully we will make some new friends."
"I think more people should do table tennis because it is a great sport for all ages so I encourage everyone in the community to play," Jessie said.
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