Table Tennis England Newsletter Dec 2014

In this newsletter:

* Players at the heart of our strategy

* Cadet and Junior National Championships

* Drinkhall finalist at Russian Open

* Inviting bids and nominations

* Congratulations to . . .


Future developments


I want to use this email newsletter to keep you up-to-date with developments which have taken place and those which are planned for the future.

In the past year and a half we have had been a necessary period of change. There has been a new look to Table Tennis England, a relocation for our head office, we are undergoing reviews of the way our entire competition structure operates, as well as the regional operations so we can deliver table tennis in the most productive way at all levels.

In the coming months I will be setting out our plans for the next 12 months, and inviting you to help draw these together.

Our Chief Executive, Sara Sutcliffe, explains in the latest staff blog from Table Tennis England how we want to put players of all levels at the heart of our strategy, and outlines some of the key developments of the past year and how our future focus will be on engaging with our members, our regions, club and leagues, our partners and the wider population who enjoy table tennis.

I will be using these newsletters in the coming months to explain how this can work and to encourage your participation to plan for the future.


Cadet and Junior National Championships


I was delighted to attend the recent Cadet and Junior National Championships at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. This showcases the best and brightest young talent in our sport, and also acts as a encouraging sign-post for our future if these young players can reach their potential on an international stage.

The standard was very high and I hope those of you who were not able to attend will have been able to pick up some of the games on the live streaming via our website.

Congratulations to Helshan Weerasinghe and Maria Tsapsinos on retaining their Junior Singles’ titles; and to top seeds Alex Ramsden and Denise Payet, who took their maiden Cadet singles titles.

I would also like to thank the University of Central Lancashire for their continued support for this event and also our own team of staff and volunteers, particularly Jim Clegg, for making this such an enjoyable and successful weekend.

Further results, news, interviews and photographs are available at the Table Tennis England micro-site devoted to the Championships.


Russian Open final


England’s Paul Drinkhall described it as ‘the best table tennis he had every played’, as he made his way to the final of the Russian Open, taking a number of notable victories on route, not least world No 5 Dimitrij Ovtcharov in the semi-finals.



Inviting bids and nominations


Table Tennis England is currently inviting bids from organisations to join its network of Talent Development Centres. This is a chance to help to raise the quality and quantity of elite young players through coaching, training and support.

We are also looking for nominees to put forward for a Torch Trophy Trust Award, a prestigious national award for those unsung heroes of sport. Do you know table table volunteers, coaches, and organisers who deserve this recognition?



Although we look to the future, we are proud of our past. At Table Tennis England, we are fortunate to have Diane Webb who devotes much of her time to cataloguing and collecting programmes, information and photographs from our table tennis past. For the last three months, we have been running a popular series of ‘Names and Faces’ series of photographs and asking our members for their assistance in identifying some of our table tennis players from previous events and occasions. A complete set is here, and new ones appear on the website each Friday.





We were sorry to hear of the recent death of Ted Inge, President of the British Table Tennis Association for People with Disabilities and one of the great champions of wheelchair table tennis.


Congratulations to . . .


. . . Karina Le Fevre and Gavin Rumgay for taking the top titles in the fourth Grand Prix of the season at Bristol.

. . . England who completed a superb clean sweep of the medals at the Senior Six Nations as Emma Vickers and Chris Doran won the singles titles and England’s men and women won the team titles.

. . . to the medalists, including triple gold winner Shaun Newcomb, at the Batts Para Open.


. . . to Alan Ransome, English table tennis stalwart, current chairman of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation, and leading light of Ormesby Table Tennis Club who has been awarded an honorary Doctorate in Professional Achievement by Teesside University.

. . . Alex Mercer, who has won the Young Official of the Year Award in the Sports Officials UK annual awards and Colin Clemett, who was nominated in the Lifetime Achievement Award category.

. . . Jo and Paul Drinkhall on the news that England’s top table tennis couple are expecting their first baby next year. Also we were delighted to see that table tennis is represented on the Women in Sport 2015 calendar as Jo was elected as one of the 12 women to appear promoting their sports.


Sandra Deaton

Chair, Table Tennis England

November 2014

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