TABLE tennis players from western Victoria will battle it out for the Kerri Tepper Shield at Horsham Showground's Maydale Pavilion on Sunday.
About 40 players from Horsham, Ballarat and Warracknabeal will compete in the event, named after Murtoa's dual Olympian Kerri Tepper.
Tepper, who now lives in Melbourne, represented Australia in table tennis in the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
She will visit the Wimmera at the weekend to present the shield.
Horsham Table Tennis Association president Jeff Pekin said the tournament was for special needs athletes.
He expects about 40 players - more than half of which will be from the Wimmera - to compete across three grades in the 18th annual tournament.
"They'll play a round robin event in the morning, have a barbecue lunch followed by more matches in the afternoon," Mr Pekin said.
He said Peter and Betty Hart started the tournament and continued to support the event.
"Betty had a disability and Peter wanted to help his wife out and had the idea of starting a table tennis tournament," he said.
"The first year it was in Warracknabeal, but it's been in Horsham since."
Horsham will combine with Warracknabeal for two A Grade and two B Grade sides, with Ballarat also having two of each.
C Grade sides are yet to be confirmed.
Horsham is defending champions of the shield, with Warracknabeal's Melissa Holberry taking out last year's sportsmanship award.
The tournament starts at 10am, with presentations about 4pm.