An appreciative smile from Eva Jeler (Photo: ITTF)
A retirement from the post of Germany national coach on Monday 31st July, having in various capacities worked for a period of 37 years for the German Table Tennis Association (DTTB), a new venture now beckons for Eva Jeler.
On Monday 23rd November it was announced that she will assume the role of National Coach – Performance Pathway (Able-Bodied) for Table Tennis Australia.
She will work alongside John Murphy, National Head Coach (Able-Bodied) and Simon Gerada, National Performance Pathway Manager (Able-Bodied).
“Eva is a world-renowned coach of the highest order. She has directly influenced the development of many world class players such as Jörg Rosskopf, Steffen Fetzner, Dimitrij Ovtcharov, Ruwen Filus, Christian Süss and Petrissa Solja. With her years of experience at the highest level, Eva will undoubtedly assist Australia’s already outstanding generation of youngsters who all possess great work ethic and are hungry to improve.” John Murphy
Equally, Scott Houston, the Chief Executive Officer for Table Tennis Australia and a recent member of the Swaythling Club International was most upbeat about the appointment.
“Under the guidance of John and Simon, our Able-Bodied High Performance Programme has taken significant strides forward over the past two years. We have established ongoing training environments across the country, dominated continental level events and qualified maximum quota places for the Tokyo Olympic Games. We are ready to go to the next level and adding Eva to our team will fast track the development of our athletes, coaches and our overall system.” Scott Houston
Eva is scheduled to arrive in Australia in early January with her tenure initially running until completion of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.