India Dominates South Asian Youth Championships

Traditional dance at the opening ceremony (Photo: Nipun Dilhara) Proceedings supported by the Swaythling Club International, India proved the dominant force at South Asian Youth Championships staged in Kandy, Sri Lanka, from Sunday 26th Wednesday 29th May. The only gold to avoid the visitors' hands was the under 19 boys' team title, Sri Lanka, the host nation emerging the winners. Setting the standard, Ankur Bhattacharjee and Syndrela Das emerged the most successful players, each captured three titles. Competing in the under 19 age group, Ankur Bhattacharjee secured the boys' singles title, having earlier partnered Pritha Priya Vartikar to mixed doubles gold and Jash Amit Modi to the boys' doubles top prize. Success in the under 15 girls' team event, later in the proceedings, Syndrela

Swaythling Club Supports Sri Lanka

Kandy the home for the South Asian Youth Championships Supported by the Swaythling Club International, the Sri Lankan Table Tennis Association will host the South Asian Youth Championships in Kandy from Sunday 26th to Wednesday 29th May. It is anticipated than 125 players will compete. Read: Daily News – Friday 24th May 2024

Dina Meshref wins ITTF Africa Cup

All smiles from Dina Meshref Egypt’s Dina Meshref, a member of the Swaythling Club International, won the women’s singles title at the ITTF- Africa Cup in Kigali, Rwanda on Tuesday 14th May. The win means that in the history of the competition, the women’s event being first staged in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 1997, she is head and shoulders above all others. Commencing in 2011 in Rabat, Morocco, she has now secured the title on an unprecedented nine occasions! No other players have won more than twice, her nearest rivals are Congo Brazzaville’s Han Xing in 2009 and 2013, more recently Egyptian colleague, Hana Goda in 2022 and 2023. Furthermore, it is the 10th time a member of Dina’s family has won the title,

New Zealand Members Meet to Honour James Morris

All smiles in Waiheke Island, left to right Geoff Rau, Kadia Keller-Rice, James Morris, Yvonne Fogarty, Barry Griffiths and Alan Tomlinson Presenting James Morris with a memento to mark his achievement on being named Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) earlier this year on the New Year Honours list, the New Zealand Swaythling Club met Sunday 28th April. Members present were James Morris, Alan Tomlinson, Geoff Rau, Barry Griffith, Kadia Keller-Rice and Yvonne Fogarty. “We all delighted in reminiscing, sharing stories and during lunch we presented James with a memento of the special honour in being made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.” Yvonne Fogarty An idyllic setting for the occasion included a ferry from Auckland to Waiheke

Swaythling Club Annual General

Notice of the 2024 AGM Notice is hereby given that the 2024 AGM will be held in Fiera di Roma, Italy, the venue of the World Masters Championships, on Saturday 13th July at 14.00 followed by a small reception for our members present at approx. 16.00. The Agenda for the AGM will be published on our website by the 13th June 2024 and the precise location for the AGM will be published on our website as soon as possible. We are working on the possibility to have the meeting as a hybrid meeting and will publish details of how you can attend online as soon as we can. This is also a call for submission of propositions for amendments to the Constitution. These

Niels Ramberg Passes the 100 mark and still going strong

Niels Ramberg at the 2023 European Veteran Championships (Photo: Brage Titlestad)

Niels Ramberg at the 2023 European Veteran Championships (Photo: Brage Titlestad) At the World Veteran Championships, he owns 12 medals of which four are gold, at the European medals 18 in total, also four being gold. It is a quite incredible record, now could Niels Ramberg be set to be the all time great in any sport? On Sunday 14th April at the Danish National Championships, in the over 75 years category he won the men’s singles, the men’s doubles partnering Erling Nielsen and the mixed alongside Else Marie Vedel. Since winning the cadet boys’ singles title in 1960, he has now collected 101 national titles! Is this a record in any sport, a place in the Guinness Book of Records? Bordtennis Denmark, the ITTF member

Celebrate World Table Tennis Day

Tuesday 23rd April 2024 is World Table Tennis; pick up a racket and take part! It is the day we celebrate the reason why we all started to play, quite simply it was good fun, for many it remained good fun, for others it became a vocation. What do you have to do? Create a table tennis session, match, tournament, festival or any other creative platform to enjoy the sport with or without regular table tennis equipment. Use desks instead of table tennis tables, phones instead of rackets and be as creative as you like! Invite people of different age groups, gender identities, abilities, nationalities, backgrounds, contexts etc. to play together while celebrating the idea of diversity! World Table Tennis Day - Registration

Swaythling Club Awards Presented in Busan

Claude Bergeret alongside Fan Zhendong Proceedings concluding at the ITTF World Team Championships in Busan on Sunday 25th February, Claude Bergeret, President of the Swaythling Club International, presented the Victor Barna Trophy to Fan Zhendong, the Diane Schöler award to Sun Yingsha. The Victor Barna Best Player Memorial Award Donated by Suzy Barna in 1973, the memorial trophy was initiated to perpetuate the name of Victor Barna with the activities of the Swaythling Club International. At the time of his unexpected death in Peru in 1972, Victor Barna was the Founder President of the Club. The trophy is awarded to leading player at the World Team Championships. The Diane Schöler Memorial Award In memory of Diane Schöler, former President of the Swaythling Club International, the award

Swaythling Club Reception in Busan

All smiles from Claude Bergeret and members of the Korean Table Tennis Association. Zdenko Kriz, member of the Swaythling Club Executive Committee, had camera in hand to record a most convivial meeting.