This story is about two 93-year-olds who recently competed in the 17th World Veteran Table Tennis Championships in New Zealand.
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The largest table tennis tournament in the Southern Hemisphere was held this month in Auckland, New Zealand, bringing together players from 60 countries. Two of those competitors were remarkable not only for their ping-pong skills but also for not letting their age get in the way of their dreams.
“The two oldest are 93,” wrote Phil Taylor, a staff writer with the New Zealand Herald, about the more than 2,000 ping-pong players who were about to compete in the championships, which took place in early May. “German event regular Inge-Brigitte Herrmann is coming with a documentary team, and a wily competitor from Christchurch is making his world championships debut. His name is Harry Taylor, but I call him Dad.”