Latest Veteran calendar issued

The 2018 North European Veteran Championships in Uppsala, tournaments in Sweden may be possible (Photo: Max Ansbro) Cancellations owing the COVID-19, the latest veteran calendar commencing from September 2020 has been issued by Hans Westling. Veteran Calendar (Published on Monday 31st August 2020)

Ashley Robinson, most recent member

Ashley Robinson at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games by Ian Marshall, Editor Ashley Robinson is the latest member of the Swaythling Club International; born on Wednesday 24th November, since 2012 he has been a  regular member of the Irish national team at major global events. Appearances World Championships 2016 – World Team Championships, Kuala Lumpur2016 – World Championships, Suzhou2014 – World Team Championships, Tokyo2012 – World Team Championships, Dortmund ITTF World Tour 2019 – ITTF World Tour Platinum Australian Open, Geelong2018 – ITTF World Tour, Hungarian Open, Budapest2017 – ITTF World Tour, Swedish Open, Stockholm2014 – ITTF World Tour, Swedish Open, Stockholm2014 – ITTF World Tour, German Open, Magdeburg ITTF Challenge Series 2017 – ITTF Challenge Spanish Open, Almeria ITTF European Championships 2019 – ITTF European Championships, Nantes2017 – ITTF

Jean-Michel Saive back on two wheels

Jean-Michel Saive on the recent climb to the top of Mont Ventoux by Ian Marshall, Editor An accident when cycling, hospital treatment required, for many that would have signalled the end of riding on two wheels; for Belgium’s Jean-Michel Saive, quite the opposite. On Monday 21st May in Liège, a broken wrist was the result of a collision; on Thursday 20th and Saturday 22nd August, he cycled to the top of Mont Ventoux, 1,909 metres above sea level. Undoubtedly a major achievement, especially as the now 50 year old is not yet fully recovered; patience is still needed, golf must wait.

Agnes Simon, a special place in sport

1962, Agnes Simon (left) with Ebby and Di Schöler (Photo: Archive) by Ian Marshall, Editor Gold medallist at both the World Championships and European Championships, following a short illness, Agnes Simon passed away on the morning Wednesday 19th August. She was 85 years old. Born Agnes Almasi in the Hungarian capital city of Budapest on Wednesday 21st June 1935, always known to her friends as Agi, she has the unique distinction of representing three national associations at the very highest level. At the World Championships, on duty for her native Hungary, alongside Zsuzsa Fantusz, Gizi Farkas and Eva Koczian, she secured women’s team bronze in Bucharest in 1953, before the following year claiming silver in London, when Ilona Kerekes replaced Zsuzsa Fantusz in the

Eva Jeler announces retirement

Eva Jeler waves farewell (Photo: courtesy of Dora Jeler) by Dora Jeler After 37 years as a national coach for the German Table Tennis Federation (DTTB), Eva Jeler has officially retired from her duties. However, unofficially, she remains as active as ever! “I will continue to work in table tennis, that much I can say.” Eva Jeler It would be hard to imagine her disappearing from the global table tennis stage; in her many years with the DTTB, she has collected more international medals than any other German coach. Her international career began as a player in the former Yugoslavia and continued as a coach after a sudden injury brought an abrupt end to her playing career at only 23. Unfazed by this setback, she joined