Diane Schöler: five World Championships

Diane Schöler, the left handed twin (Photo: Bojar Sandor) by Diane Schöler Five World Championships remain strong in my memory; the five in which I participated in together with my twin sister Rosalind 1951 ViennaIt was the first World Championships for which we both qualified; it was absolutely fantastic to take part in this event, in a beautiful city.Unbelievable, that we reached the final of the Women’s Doubles, not even 18 years old! We even beat the favourites Angelica Rozeanu and Sari Sasz from Romania! I will never forget the applause from the audience, among them British soldiers who were stationed in and near Vienna at that time. 1952 BombayThe following year, 1952 in Bombay, India, we again reached the final of the doubles

Ebby Schöler: five most difficult opponents

Classic defensive skills (Photo: Archive) by Ebby Schöler During international competitions between 1962 and 1973 in which I participated, most players did not like the various changes I made when returning the ball with backspin. However, some opponents were able to read my defensive strokes and avoided easy mistakes. Li FurongIn those days Li Fu-Jung, I played only twice – in Prague 1963 and in Nagoya 1971 – and lost both matches. His forehand attack was fabulous, very hard. He hit many more balls on the table than off! Dragutin SurbekHe was great at learning and fighting. I won the first six matches against him – until he got used to my spin – and he never congratulated me again! One match, however, was

Paul McCreery joins Swaythling Club

Paul McCreery at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (Photo: Matt Roberts / Getty Images) On duty at the World Team Championships on four consecutive occasions, commencing in 2010 in Moscow, as well as present at the 2013 World Championships in Paris, Paul McCreery is the latest name to be added to the Swaythling Club International membership list. In addition, he competed in 2017 in Luxembourg at the European Team Championships and at the 2019 European Team Championships in Nantes. Further afield, he was present at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Commonwealth Championships in Surat, as well as on the ITTF World Tour in 2013 in Stockholm and in 2017 at the ITTF Challenge Series tournament in Almeria.

Invitations on hold for major tournaments

The scene at the Liebherr 2019 World Championships in Budapest Major events cancelled or postponed owing to COVID-19, a lack of certainty when international play will return; it all adds to the dilemma faced by the International Table Tennis Federation when trying to prepare the 2021 calendar. Thus at the moment it is not possible confirm invitations for Swaythling Club members to attend World Championships and similar as per tradition; such opportunities will be advised as soon as possible. Watch this space.

Latest Veteran calendar issued

The 2018 North European Veteran Championships in Uppsala, tournaments in Sweden may be possible (Photo: Max Ansbro) Cancellations owing the COVID-19, the latest veteran calendar commencing from September 2020 has been issued by Hans Westling. Veteran Calendar (Published on Monday 31st August 2020)

Ashley Robinson, most recent member

Ashley Robinson at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games by Ian Marshall, Editor Ashley Robinson is the latest member of the Swaythling Club International; born on Wednesday 24th November, since 2012 he has been a  regular member of the Irish national team at major global events. Appearances World Championships 2016 – World Team Championships, Kuala Lumpur2016 – World Championships, Suzhou2014 – World Team Championships, Tokyo2012 – World Team Championships, Dortmund ITTF World Tour 2019 – ITTF World Tour Platinum Australian Open, Geelong2018 – ITTF World Tour, Hungarian Open, Budapest2017 – ITTF World Tour, Swedish Open, Stockholm2014 – ITTF World Tour, Swedish Open, Stockholm2014 – ITTF World Tour, German Open, Magdeburg ITTF Challenge Series 2017 – ITTF Challenge Spanish Open, Almeria ITTF European Championships 2019 – ITTF European Championships, Nantes2017 – ITTF

Jean-Michel Saive back on two wheels

Jean-Michel Saive on the recent climb to the top of Mont Ventoux by Ian Marshall, Editor An accident when cycling, hospital treatment required, for many that would have signalled the end of riding on two wheels; for Belgium’s Jean-Michel Saive, quite the opposite. On Monday 21st May in Liège, a broken wrist was the result of a collision; on Thursday 20th and Saturday 22nd August, he cycled to the top of Mont Ventoux, 1,909 metres above sea level. Undoubtedly a major achievement, especially as the now 50 year old is not yet fully recovered; patience is still needed, golf must wait.

Agnes Simon, a special place in sport

1962, Agnes Simon (left) with Ebby and Di Schöler (Photo: Archive) by Ian Marshall, Editor Gold medallist at both the World Championships and European Championships, following a short illness, Agnes Simon passed away on the morning Wednesday 19th August. She was 85 years old. Born Agnes Almasi in the Hungarian capital city of Budapest on Wednesday 21st June 1935, always known to her friends as Agi, she has the unique distinction of representing three national associations at the very highest level. At the World Championships, on duty for her native Hungary, alongside Zsuzsa Fantusz, Gizi Farkas and Eva Koczian, she secured women’s team bronze in Bucharest in 1953, before the following year claiming silver in London, when Ilona Kerekes replaced Zsuzsa Fantusz in the

Eva Jeler announces retirement

Eva Jeler waves farewell (Photo: courtesy of Dora Jeler) by Dora Jeler After 37 years as a national coach for the German Table Tennis Federation (DTTB), Eva Jeler has officially retired from her duties. However, unofficially, she remains as active as ever! “I will continue to work in table tennis, that much I can say.” Eva Jeler It would be hard to imagine her disappearing from the global table tennis stage; in her many years with the DTTB, she has collected more international medals than any other German coach. Her international career began as a player in the former Yugoslavia and continued as a coach after a sudden injury brought an abrupt end to her playing career at only 23. Unfazed by this setback, she joined

Jane Pinto overwhelmed with birthday messages

Jane Pinto with husband Felix on her 85th birthday (Photo: courtesy of Jane Pinto) by Ian Marshall, Editor Always a bright welcoming smile, respected worldwide in her efforts to promote the sport of table tennis, earlier this month on Thursday 9th July, alongside husband Felix, Jane Pinto celebrated her 85th birthday. An occasion in itself but the staggering fact was the hundreds upon hundreds of good wishes she received from friends and colleagues; the response marked the respect in which she is held. Succeeded by Andrew Mudibo, Jane Pinto was the President of the Kenya Table Tennis Association from 2002 to 2014, having for the previous eight years held the position of Deputy President. Always, she gave full support to members of the national team,