To get things started
in 2009 I made a newsletter. Here is a picture of the first page,
it had four pages, and a few of the articles in the newsletter.
The best table tennis association in Queensland?
Brian Guthrie is our new president and here are some of his visions
for our association:
"2009 will be a brand new start for TTTA, building on the good
work completed by past Boards.
Committees have been instituted to cover many areas including a
much stronger and focused effort in the extremely important areas
of coaching and club development. As President, I am committed to
fairness in all the Associations endeavours, and I am sure it will
be a great year for both the competitive and the social player.
The development committee will be working closely with the coaching
committee to have TTTA recognised as the premier club in Queensland.
For parents, brothers, sisters, friends and others that has not
tried their skills at the table yet; I invite you to come along
and join with us as we develop a club for everyone!"
Brian Guthrie is junior-player Nick's dad and known by many as the
former CEO of Townsville City Counsil.
Table tennis - one of the world's largest sports
Table tennis is an Olympic sport and one of the largest sports in
the word. The world championships are the biggest sporting event
- after the Olympics. There are no national league/series in Australia
at the moment, but some players have moved overseas to make their
living by playing table tennis in Germany and Sweden. Players wanting
to make it into the Australian teams, like for the Olympic, should
know that it is possible to combine sport on high level and schools.
Time management and motivation are the key factors!
David selected to national squads!
Our own David Fielding, 14, is selected to the Australian youth/junior
squads for 2009 (January to June), and that is very impressive and
encouraging. Congratulation, David, keep it up!
Set your goals!
- This is the time to make your goals for the season, says Terry.
And he points out that the goals should be achievable and possible
- To be the best player in the universe might be an interesting
goal, but there are no such thing as Universe Championships! To
make it to the 5 top ranked junior players in Queensland in 2009
is an achievable goal for some of our players, and it is easy to
measure. So is a goal of beating Terry or manage to hit 100 backhand
Terry explains that the Coaching Committee will try to help the
players set goals, both short term and long term goals:
- Do not be afraid of setting high goals, but also think through
what it will take to reach them!
Terry will be doing a lot of coaching this year. He will be involved
with all the coaching groups, from beginners to advanced:
- I am used to it, and with Paul wanting to improve his own standard
it was hard to see who else could help out. I have also been so
fortunate to coach top players in Norway and Sweden, and I believe
that I can help our players improve their skills. It is important,
though, that everybody will adapt to group coaching and do their
best to lift their standard. My aim is also that we shall have a
lot of fun, but we must at the same time be quite serious about
The summer holiday is coming to an end and we are all looking forwards
to have fun and exiting matches in our venue! We will start our
coaching sessions with the Advanced group on Sunday the 19th of
January and them our other sessions will follow the coming week.
Paul is aiming for top ten!
Paul will give the coming season a go as a player - and his goal
is to be ranked among the ten best players in Australia. Not an
easy goal to reach, but Paul has this to say:
- I feel that we here up in the north do not get the ranking that
we should have, but I will try to see if it is possible for me to
climb on the national ranking!
This means that Paul concentrate more on his own practising that
the last years, and has asked Terry to help him out with the coaching.
Terry coached Paul in Brisbane way back in 1992, and says he will
do what he can to help Paul reach his goal - as all the other players:
- It will not be easy for Paul to reach his goal, but with determination
and commitment almost everything is possible, says Terry.
Want to go practise in China?
- Some of my table tennis friends in Norway have sent their kids
to table tennis schools in China several times - usually during
their school holidays, says Terry. - They play and practise with
Chinese young players of very good standard, five hours every day.
The intensity is very high, but everybody seems to like it and benefit
from it. I have the contacts so please tell me if you are interested!
- The social doubles on Monday have always been very popular, people
just come to have great fun, says Rhonda Miller. - The senior citizen
group on Wednesdays are a little bit more competitive - you can
play good table tennis even if you are a senior!
TTTA Awards 2008:
Most Improved Junior: Eliza Forster
Junior Encouragement Award: Jason Maher
Junior Patrons Trophy: Sean Chun Tie
Senior Most Improved: Katrina Forster
Senior Patrons Trophy: Rhonda Miller
the academy was never approved/started.
letter for Terry -
from Paul Jones
start of the season/year.
Comittee - 2009 - established and later cancelled.
plan, period 1 - 2009
plan, period 2 - 2009
Coaching plan, period 3 -
Clinic - 2009 - Easter Holiday week-end coaching.
All Ages Tournament
Recuitment - 2009 - drives
to get new members.
"Time for a change" - letter concerning coaching.
Coaches Workshop - 2010
- cancelled same
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