Potential New Members in Lima

Present at the Pan American Veteran Championships being staged in the Peruvian capital city of Lima from Monday 21st to Saturday 26th November is Claude Bergeret, President of the Swaythling Club International. The occasion affords the opportunity to introduce new players to the Swaythling Club International, Colombia’s Carlos Orlando Rodriguez Lesmes and Jairo Gonzales showed an interest. Also, one wonders could there be potential new members from Peru? Olympians Magali Montes (Barcelona 1992), Eliana Gonzalez del Riego (Barcelona 1992 & Atlanta 1996), Milagritos Gorriti (Atlanta 1996) and Marisol Espineira (Athens 2004) all meet the membership criteria. Staged at the Polideportivo 3 de la Sede Legado Videna, over 270 players from 16 ITTF member associations are on duty in a tournament where the youngest age

Annual General Meeting – Sunday 4th December

The 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Swaything Club International will take place on Sunday 4th December, commencing at 7.00 pm, in the Rotana Hotel, Amman. Jordan. Annual General Meeting Agenda Annual General Meeting: Proposals for Amendment to Constitution Annual General Meeting: Financial Statement

Jacques Hélaine (1941-2022)

President of the French Table Tennis Federation from April to December 2011, Jacques Hélaine passed away on Wednesday 19th October; he was 81 years old. A valued member of the Swaythling Club International, former international, he competed in both World and European Championships; domestically, he was the men’s singles runner up at the French National Championships in both 1964 and 1971,  the men’s doubles winner partnering Vincent Purkart in 1964, 1965 and 1969 as well as alongside Jacques Gambier in 1966. Playing days over, he assumed a coaching role, in addition to undertaking administrative duties. He became President of the Amiens club and Vice-President of the Picardy League, before in 1980 becoming the first high-level sportsman to be elected within the management committee

Irena Bosa-Mikocziova (1945-2022)

Irena Bosa-Mikocziova passed away on Sunday 18th September, she was 77 years old. Born on Friday 19th January 1945 in Vinohrady nad Vahom, Galanta District, located in south-west Slovakia, she was 77 years old. Irena started to play table tennis when 10 years old at Dynamo Spoj Bratislava; in 1961 when 16 years of age she moved to Lokomotiva Raca, later known as Lokomotiva Bratislava. She played in the top national league, becoming an established member of the Czechoslovakian national team. At the 1961 European Youth Championships in Bad Blankenburg, at the time only junior events staged, partnering Marta Luzova she won girls’ team bronze, before partnering Vilim Polakovic to mixed doubles gold. One year later in Bled, once again alongside Marta Luzova,

Alan Hydes Promoting Good Relations

A member of the England team that visited China following the 1971 World Championships in Nagoya, Alan Hydes, member of the Swaythling Club International, continues to promote good relations. Using modern day technology, a Zoom call with the Chinese Embassy in London is planned for Tuesday 27th September.

Celebrating Ten Years Since London 2012

On Tuesday 6th September, Karen Tonge OBE, Chair of British Para Table Tennis and member of the Swaythling Club International, alongside Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee, were featured on Channel 4, a British television network, to celebrated 10 years since the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Karen is also a member of ITTF Para Committee and deputy Chair ETTU Para Committee.

ITTF World Veteran Tour: Next Stop Loutraki

b The World Veteran Tour for 2022 comprises four tournaments; after Otocec, the next stop is Loutraki. Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th September: Otocec, SloveniaFriday 14th - Sunday 16th October: Loutraki, GreeceThursday 3rd - Sunday 6th November: Djerba, TunisiaWednesday 14th - Saturday 17th December: Los Angeles, USA Every event winner of the “World Veteran Tour – Road to Oman” receives a free entry for the Oman 2023 World Veteran Championships. All participants of the Tour will benefit from a 10 per cent discount on the entry fee of the World Championships. ITTF World Veteran Tour Road to Oman - Otocec, Slovenia: Prospectus...ITTF World Veteran Tour Road to Oman - Loutraki, Greece: Prospectus...ITTF World Veteran Tour Road to Oman: All Tournaments...Oman ITTF World Veteran Championships: Full

Swaythling Club Reception in Rimini

Present at the reception: (left to right) Lilamani de Soysa, Harvey Webb, Gloria Wagener, Claude Bergeret, Hans Westling, Reto Bazzi, Michael Theis, Torben Günther, Ina Jozepsone, Øivind Eriksen (Photo by Diane Webb) by Diane Webb The Swaythling Club International Reception (SCI) was attended by 33 members, guests, sponsors and prominent officers and officials on Thursday 30th June at the Stag European Veteran Championships in Rimini, Italy. Also present were representatives from the 2023 World Veteran Championships (WVC) in Oman and the 2023 European Veteran Championships in Norway. Gloria Wagener, Michael Theis, Beverley Godfrey (Photo by Diane Webb) nnnnnnnnnnnn It was a time not only to socialise but to show appreciation to the retiring members of the WVC whose role has now finished due to the ITTF

Alan Hydes, Centre Court

Alan Hydes, Swaythling Club International member, with his son Paul were present at Wimbledon on Monday 4th July to watch Nick Kyrgios beat Stefanos Tsitsipas. A rather pleasant suburb in south east London, Paul is the Sidcup tennis champion.