from Paul Jones telling
about Terry's qualifications
To Whom It May Concern:
In December of 2007 I finally convinced Terje Dahl to help out
at Townsville with our Coaching Program. Up to that point Terje
had been focused on helping Tennis Townsville with their elite junior
development program and their tournament administration. I had been
keen to have Terje involved at Townsville Table Tennis for some
time as he was one of my coaches at Brisbane during 1992 and I knew
the high quality of professionalism and expertise he brought to
the coaching role.
At that time Terje was Queensland State Director of Coaching and
also the Director of the Logan Table Tennis Academy of which I was
a member of the Men's Elite Squad and directly experienced Terje's
coaching methods. Terje was the first coach that I encountered that
actually gave the players written practice sheets to follow and
also had us fill out questionnaires and quizzes about Table Tennis
theory and strategy. His sessions were incredibly high intensity
and high energy and the routines were based on practical game plays
with serve and receive practice as integral parts of the routines.
This was in line with top-line Swedish coaching practices and was
well ahead of what was being taught in Australia at the time.
In a short period of time (four months), Terje had helped lift
the standard of the Logan Men's Team (which at the time had no players
in the Qld top 10) to where they beat a Brisbane side at a State
League tie 6-0. The Brisbane side had the No2, 4, 8 and 10 ranked
players in their side at the time and this was a remarkable victory.
On a personal level I also credit Terje with being instrumental
in helping myself achieve victories over the No1 and No2 players
in the State that year- Kent Jamieson and Seref Bakanay.
In my opinion at that time in comparison to other Australian Coaches
I rated Terje as at least Level 111 in knowledge and practical expertise.
I am somewhat puzzled that with a current scarcity of high-level
coaches that Table Tennis Qld and Australia has not fallen over
backwards to recognize and do whatever it takes to have someone
of Terje's caliber involved in our sport.
For seven months leading up to the Queensland State Championships
in July 2008, Terje had been assisting myself with match preparation
for our Junior Players. This has been 2 x 2 hour sessions per week
with Terje providing the practice schedule for at least one of these
sessions per week. During this time Terje again showed his professionalism
and was always prepared ahead of time for the sessions with materials
for the players to do "homework" on their Table Tennis.
Again I feel that Terje was of great help to the players and this
was reflected in the results of the players. Townsville's David
Fielding was No2 in the U18 boys, Nina Zuchowski No 2 in U18 Girls,
Eliza Forster was No2 in U13 Girls, Luke Blucher No2 in U13 boys,
Carl Blucher No 4 in U18 Boys and the Townsville U18 Boys and Girls
teams were winners in the teams tourney.
It is my opinion that Terje Dahl is still at Level 111 in Table
Tennis Coaching and I am hoping that you can recognize and accredit
him to at least Level 2 so he can start to help make a difference
in our Sport.
Level 2 NCAS Table Tennis Coach,
Coaching and Development Officer Townsville Table Tennis 2005 -