Jacques Secretin as we remember him (Photo: Malcolm Anderson) It is with great sadness that the passing of Jacques Secretin is announced; he died on Tuesday 24th November; he was 71 years old. He will be most remembered for winning the men’s singles title at the 1976 European Championships in Prague and one year later in Birmingham the mixed doubles in partnership with Claude Bergeret at the 1977 World Championships Born on Friday 18th March 1949 in Carvin, located in the department of Pas-de-Calais, in the north east of the country bordering the English Channel, Jacques Secretin started to play in an era when the basis of the racket used today was established. In fact, until he was 12 years old he
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.
Gus Kennedy at the 1974 United States Open (Photo: Malcolm Anderson) Colleen and Roger Kennedy extend an invitation for a virtual memorial to acknowledge the life of Gus Kennedy who passed away on Monday 5th October at the Abbott Northwest Hospital in Minneapolis suffering from pancreatic cancer. A Zoom meeting will be held on Friday 4th December at 4.30 pm (Pacific Time). Pacific Time is eight hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)In order to receive the email with the event link, kindly register by 12.00 noon on Thursday 3rd December. Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvf-yhpjMjH9LeONRmj13eTnQdC3dspyUx After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing this link to join.
The calendar for veteran tournaments has been updated; unfortunately owing to the COVID-19, there are several cancellations. 2020 Saturday 31st October - Sunday 1st November 42nd Ifo Veteran Open, Gothenburg, Swedenn - Cancelled Thursday 12th - Sunday 15th November World Veteran Tour Istanbul, Turkey - Cancelled Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th November Vetts Eastern Masters Norwich, England - Cancelled Thursday 19th - Sunday 22nd November World Veteran Tour Aalborg, Denmark - Cancelled Wednesday 2nd - Sunday 6th December World Veterans Tour, Vancouver, Canada - Cancelled 2021 Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th February Vetts Southern Masters Crawley, England Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday 12th - Sunday 14th February Aarhus Veteran Open Aarhus, Denmark Contact: email@example.com Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st March Vetts North West Masters, Preston, England Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday
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
Werner Schnyder as we remember him (Photo: Richard Kalosai) by Ian Marshall, Editor It is with great sadness that the death of Switzerland's Werner Schnyder is announced; he passed away on Sunday 27th September. Born on Tuesday 19th September 1939, he was 81 years old. Succeeding Hugo Urchetti in 1999 as Treasurer of the Swaythling Club International, a role he fulfilled in a quiet reserved manner with the utmost efficiency, his efforts were appreciated by Diane Schöler, the Honorary President of the Swaythling Club International and by her husband Ebby, the current President. "We were privileged to work with Werner for so many years – from 1999 until 2019 when he retired from his duties as SCI Treasurer. He took care of the finances