The 1961 Yugoslav Open, the Belgian team (left to right) Mips Van Kampen, Georges Roland, Pierre Juliens and Joseph Demolin Born 95 years ago on Monday 19th October 1925 in Antwerp; we remember Mips Van Kampen passed away on Monday 19th August. Well respected, she joined the Royal Belgian Table Tennis Federation in 1949. In 1957 at the national championships she won the women’s singles title and with Maria Van Overloop enjoyed the same success in the women’s doubles event; the following year once again the pair emerged the victors. Consecutive women’s doubles successes; in fact it was to be four in a row. In 1959 and 1960, she secured the title in partnership with Ghislaine Roland. A most notable feat, one that
Members of the Executive Committee in Ratingen – (clockwise) Hans Westling, Di Schöler, Ebby Schöler, Harvey Webb, Reto Bazzi, Claude Bergeret (Photo: courtesy of Reto Bazzi) Virtual meetings the order of the day in recent times; however, for the Swaythling Club International, it is the real thing. On Saturday 17th October, they are meeting in the German town of Ratingen some eight miles north east of Düsseldorf; social distancing is strictly observed. Present for the gathering is Diane Schöler (Honorary President), alongside Ebby Schöler (President), Harvey Webb (Deputy President), Claude Bergeret (Secretary), Reto Bazzi (Rules Expert), Hans Westling (Chair World Veteran Championships Committee).
Members meet (standing left to right) Anton Lehmann, Reto Bazzi, Teri Földy, Trix Luterbacher, Claude Diethelm, Erwin Heri, Thomas Sadecky (seated) Laszlo Pal, Yvonne Schnyder (Photo: courtesy of Reto Bazzi) On Thursday 15th October at Binningen near Basel members of the Swiss branch of the Swaythling Club International met to honour their colleague, Werner Schnyder, who sadly passed away on Sunday 27th September. Werner Schnyder was the Treasurer of the Swaythling Club International from 1999 until 2019 in addition to hold many invaluable roles with Swiss Table Tennis. Remembering Werner Schnyder (Photo: courtesy of Reto Bazzi)
Always a welcoming smile from George Kennedy, more recently and in younger days (Photo: courtesy of Colleen Kennedy) by Colleen Kennedy Valued member of the Swaythling Club International, George Dowd Kennedy passed away on Monday 5th October at the Abbott Northwest Hospital in Minneapolis following a short and difficult time suffering from pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old. George was born in Duluth, Minnesota; son of Dr. George L. and Margurite Kennedy. Raised in Faribault, Minnesota he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; he graduated at the University of Minnesota, studying electrical engineering. Known as Gus, he served for over three decades as an Executive Officer for the United States Table Tennis Association; his roles and service were national and international as a
Amelia Ho makes the presentation to Dr. Chandra Madhosingh (Photo: courtesy of Table Tennis Canada) by Ian Marshall, Editor The intention of Adham Sharara, President of Table Tennis Canada, was to make a presentation in person at the National Championships or at the Annual General Meeting; the reason to honour Dr. Chandra Madhosingh for his unstinting efforts over the years in promoting the sport of table tennis nationwide and beyond. It was rendered impossible owing the coronavirus pandemic but a most suitable solution was found. Resident in Vancouver, Amelia Ho, the President of the British Columbia Table Tennis Association stepped forward. She made the presentation to a surprised Dr Chandra Madhosingh, three days prior to the Annual General Meeting, held virtually on Saturday 19th