Alan Hydes and Matthew Syed were amongst many notable names present at the Gala Dinner staged on Sunday 27th March.
Sri Lankan veterans with seated left to right: Ira Ruwanpathirana (Secretary General), Mr. M. M. Lafeer (President), Lilamani de Soysa (SCI) c Elected just one month ago a member of the Swaythling Club International Executive Committee, Lilamani de Soysa has not let the grass grow under her feet. On Saturday 8th January, present in her native Sri Lanka, she organised a meeting with the Colombo Veteran Association. A most positive response was the outcome, a great interest being displayed in attending the 2023 World Veteran Championships in Oman. Currently, under the leadership of Mr. Lafeer who has occupied a presidential role for no less than 20 years, some 150 veterans enjoy playing table tennis. Moreover, there was a positive response to joining the Swaythling Club; Sri
Hugo Calderano, the men's singles winner in Doha (Photo: Rémy Gros) Brazil’s Hugo Calderano and Japan’s Hina Hayata won the respective men’s singles and women’s singles titles at the WTT Star Contender Doha 2021 tournament on Saturday 25th September. Success for Hina Hayata came after she had partnered Shunsuke Togami to mixed doubles gold. Notably, Japan departed with three titles, Minani Ando and Miyu Nagasaki emerged the women’s doubles winners. The men’s doubles was won by Korea Republic’s An Jaehyun and Cho Seungmin. Hina Hayata, women's singles winner (Photo: Rémy Gros) Men’s SinglesSF: Hugo Calderano (BRA) v Liam Pitchford (ENG) 11-5, 6-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 11-9SF: Darko Jorgic (SLO) v Lee Sangsu (SLO) 13-11, 12-14, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-2F: Hugo Calderano (BRA) v Darko Jorgic (SLO)
Han Gootzen recognised for his contribution to the community (Photo: courtesy of Bert van der Helm) Presented on Monday 26th April, a total of six men and one woman received the Member of the Order of Orange-Nassau; one such recipient was 62-year-old Han Gootzen from Uden. A national holiday, known as King’s Day, the day marks the birth of Willem-Alexander, the King of the Netherlands, the award is made in recognition of outstanding service to the community in general. In addition to being Chair of the Business Events Uden Foundation from 2013 to 2017 and being a mainstay at Uden Hockey Club, in 1969 Han Gooten became a Board Member of the Netherlands Table Tennis Association, serving for 24 years. More recently, in the