Alan Hydes featured on MakatonMonday

Alan Hydes at the 1971 Canadian Open (Photo: Malcolm Anderson) Alan Hydes was featured recently on #MakatonMonday. The principle behind #MakatonMonday is to encourage everyone to take a small step towards learning how to sign in order to help those suffering hearing loss.

May 2022 – ITTF Veteran International Calendar

nnnnnnnnnn Updated on Sunday 1st May 2022 26th – 29th May 2022Ruhpolding, Germany10th Bavarian Veteran C’shipsWebsite: or ........... 28th – 29th May 2022Albena, Bulgaria8th International Tournament AlbenaWebsite: www.tabletennisalbena.comEmail: damakupa91@userittfadmin ........... 2nd – 5th June 2022Jeddah, Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia Veteran OpenEmail: khsalhy@userittfadmin ........... 11th – 12th June 2022Trier, Germany66th International City Veteran ChampionshipsWebsite: www.ttcgelbrottrier.comEmail: ........... 27th June – 2nd July 2022Rimini, Italy14th European Veteran ChampionshipsWebsite: ........... 20th – 24th July 2022Albena, Bulgaria24th International Festival AlbenaWebsite: www.tabletennisalbena.comEmail: damakupa91@userittfadmin ........... 22nd – 24th July 2022Senden-Ottmarsbocholt, Germany3rd Int. WTTV-CupWebsite: www.bwo-sport.deEmail: ........... 6th – 7th August 2022Varna, Bulgaria22nd International Tournament VarnaEmail: ........... 13th – 14th August 202211th International Tournament BurgasBurgas, BulgariaEmail: ........... 25th – 28th August 2022Albena, Bulgaria (Postponed)8th International Team Championships ........... 3rd – 4th September 2022Sunderland, EnglandVetts North EasternEmail: ........... 25th September – 1st October 2022Antalya, Turkey28th Antalya

Registration for 2023 World Veteran Championships now open

Less than nine months to go before proceedings are declared officially open at the 2023 World Veteran Championships, play commencing in Muscat, Oman on Sunday 15th January, registration is now open. Furthermore, there is no time to waste; for the best value, the closing date is just two months hence. There are two basic stages. nnnnn Registration on or before Saturday 2nd July 2022 Players: US$ 175 per person Accompanying Guests: US$ 65 per person hhhhhhh Registration from Sunday 3rd July to Thursday 15th December 2022 (midnight) Players: US$ 195 per person Accompanying Guests: USS$ 65 per person mmmm Non Accredited Personnel   Any person not accredited must pay an entrance ticket of US$ 15.00 per day. Procedure Registration is on-line: Each participant is required to enter a mobile number to be used exclusively for health

Swaythling Club Magazine

The SCI Magazine will cease publication. In August 2021 a request was made by the International Table Tennis Federation for a magazine to be published similar to the Swaythling publication, four times per year. Following discussions with all concerned it was agreed that the Swaythling publication would cease but would be represented with pages in the proposed ITTF magazine. The ITTF magazine will not be printed, it will be digital. Therefore, the Swaythling Club Executive Committee is exploring the possibilities of still printing the relevant pages and including in a own twice-yearly Newsletter. The Executive Committee will be meeting in Rimini during the European Veteran Championships in June to discuss the best way forward for members. Therefore, we will welcome any ideas, opinions, proposals that you

Meeting held at English National Championships

Members of the English branch of the Swaythling Club International met in Nottingham on Sunday 27th March at the English National Championships. Back Row: Alan Hydes, Stuart Sherlock, Harvey Webb, Alan Ransome OBE Front Row: Beverley Godfrey, Jose Ransome, Jill Parker MBE, Karen Tonge MBE

Elmira Antonyan relishing competition

by Anton Lehman b On Sunday 6th March, Elmira Antonyan won the women’s singles title at the 2022 Swiss National Championships; in so doing she became the oldest ever winner in the history of tournament which dates back to 1932. Elmira hails from Armenia, she started playing table tennis at the age of nine. She followed a rigorous training programme; achieved top spot in each national age group category, becoming an established member of the Soviet Union team when 18 years old. At the 1975 World Championships in Kolkata, she won women’s doubles bronze partnering Tatiana Ferdman, mixed doubles silver in harness with Sarkis Sarkhojan. Notably, on the women’s world rankings, she reach no.4 n Europe, no.9 in the world.          After the seemingly the end of

Czech members meet in Prague

Meeting in Prague: Top Row: Karel Chyba, Zdenek Remes, Slava Gerdzikov (guest), Jarmila Hummelova, Hana Valentova, Jaroslav Stanek, Milena Zizkova, Josef Dresler (guest), Josef Plachy, Jaroslav Kunz, Milan Orlowski, Pavel Spacek, Jindrich Pansky, Pavel Ovcarik, Karel Truhlar (guest). Bottom Row: Zuzana Kaplanová (guest), Zbynek Spacek, Rostislav Koudelka bb Following an enforced break of two and a half years owing to the pandemic, members of the Czech Republic Swaythling Clun met in Prague. Sadly, during this period two members had passed away, Eva Kroupova-Pokorna and Libuse Grafkova-Uhrova; both .Both of them have represented the former Czechoslovakia in World and European Championships. A special tribute was paid to Josef Dvoracek, men’s singles runner up at the 1980 European Championships in Bern. Present for the occasion was Zbynek

Fair Play Awards, Available Again

We are pleased to be able to announce that we have found a new supplier of the SCI Fair Play Awards These are available for SCI Branch use and can be ordered from the SCI Secretary, Harvey Webb Email: Price: CHF125 + postage.

Annual General Meeting – Provisional Agenda

It is proposed to hold the 2022 Annual General Meeting during the World Team Championships to be held in Chengdu, China, Friday 30th September to Sunday 9th October. Provisional Agenda President’s WelcomeIn MemoriamAppointment of ScrutineersApproval of Minutes of Previous AGM (11th December 2021)President’s ReportTreasurer’s ReportBalance SheetIncome & Expenditure accountAuditor’s ReportAdoption of Budget for 2022/23Appointment of Honorary Life Members (if any)Motions for Alterations to the Constitution (To be published later) Election for the one year (2022/2023)Member of the Executive CommitteeAny Other Business vvvvvvvvv xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx It is a call for propositions for alterations to the constitution and a call for nominations for one person to serve on the Executive Committee for the remaining period until the 2023 AGM. bbbbbbbbbbbb For both these please email the Secretary SCI, Harvey Webb, by

Standing alongside Ukraine, seeking support for refugees

Vladimir Gevorgizov And Khavkin Volodymyz are very much in our thoughts; members of the Swaythling Club but more significantly they are from Ukraine. Claude Bergeret, President of the Swaythling Club, has been in contact to express solidarity. They have asked us if any Swaythling Club members would be prepared to accommodate refugees. Most notably, they are aware that several mothers with young children who play table tennis, have escaped and are seeking homes. Most men are conscripted to remain in Ukraine. Can you help? Contact: Harvey Webb, Secretary Swaythling Club International Email: