NORWEGIAN TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION (NORGES
TERJE DAHL'S EDUCATION AND PRATICE IN
We herby give the following confirmation and evaluation on Mr.
Terje Dahl's table tennis education and career in Norway.
The enclosed "Trenersertifikat" confirm that Dahl
has taken the examination on level A, B and C.
A: 75 hours.
Sports in general; anatomy, physiology, psychology, training/
planning, sports organisation, methods for coaching.
B: 35 hours. Special course in table tennis.
Techniques, tactics, rules, trainers role, beginners, school.
C: 50 hours. Special course in table tennis.
Modern techniques, tactics on higher level, goal-setting, planning
of training for top-players, psychology for table tennis players,
Exam: Writing a 30 page planning/instruction.
LEVEL 3 in Sweden. One week course. Analyses of players
in training and matches in high level (Swedish players). Working
out training programs from the analysis.
Terje Dahl was for many years (10??) head trainer and leader
in one of the best clubs in Norway. That includes coaching
of the best players, organising training camps in Norway and
abroad. His club, Fokus, played in the first division for
both men and women, won many championships during Dahl's coaching
Terje Dahl was also for the same years coach and leader for
the Norwegian Youth National Team. That includes international
training camps, coaching in European Championships and other
Open international tournaments. He did also teach in courses
organized by our association (leader-/ and trainer courses).
Terje Dahl was for many years one of the leading personalities
in Norwegian Table Tennis and did on different levels in our
organisation a very good job.
Sven Erik Nordby
TABLE TENNIS, Sweden (IFK FALKöPING)
I have known Terje Dahl since 1976 when he was trainer and motive
power in the table tennis club in Oslo called Focus.
This club he brought up to the Norwegian elite.
He also was the trainer for Tone Folkeson who was on her way
to the European elite.
Terje had worked hard in Norway, both in the Focus-club and
to make table tennis a big sport in the whole country of Norway.
Terje is educated to be a good trainer through the "course
III" in Sweden. He also has led several training-camps
for good Swedish and Norwegian players, also from my club.
The sport of table tennis is grateful to have such a competent
leader as Terje. In Scandinavia we would be grateful if Terje
came back so it is just to congratulate the sport of table
tennis in Australia on the possibility of engaging such a
competent trainer and leader as Terje.
With greetings from
Member of the Swedish Table Tennis Academy
President of IFK Falköping TableTennisClub in Sweden
Falkoping 13th of Juli 1991.
OSLO TABLE TENNIS (OSLO
We hereby confirm that Terje Dahl has played on the team of
Fokus Table Tennis Club in the Eastern Norway League. Fokus
BTK were the winners of this series for the bests clubs in Eastern
Norway the season l972/1973 as the year before.
Terje Dahl is one Oslo's most skilled coaches and been used
very often in our training sessions and arrangements of division
Terje Dahl is also very interested in the organizational side
in sports, and received this year a grant of kr. 2.500.- from
Oslo Sports Association - on our recommendation - for his work
in coaching/administrasjon .
Oslo Table Tennis can give him the best recommendation.
Oslo, 13th March 1974
OSLO TABLE TENNIS
TABLE TENNIS CLUB (FOKUS BORDTENNISKLUB)
Certificate for Terje Dahl
It is a pleasure to be able to certify that Terje Dahl was
elected as Vice President for Fokus Table Tennis Club in April
1972. After excellent work he was elected as President in
June 1973 and has since served as the club's President.
Terje Dahl has a significant share of the credit for the club's
successes, both on the sporting and administrative area.
I can certify that Terje Dahl has worked as coach in Fokus
Table Tennis Club since September 1972. He trains the club,
which has 66 members divided into three groups, 16 hours a
week; players from 8 to 50 years - from beginners to Norway's
The club has only good words to say about Terje Dahl; he does
an excellent work for the club and Norwegian table tennis.
We hope he can be admitted to the National Sports Academy;
table tennis in Norway needs educated and qualified leaders.
Oslo, 8th March 1974
of Tourism, Sport & Racing
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
I have known Terry Dahl since he first commenced duties as Queensland
Table Tennis Association's State Director of Coaching. Terry
approached me as the Aussie Sport Field Officer for the region
on his commencement of duties with the Logan Table Association,
to ascertain what assistance he could obtain from the Aussie
Sport Unit and to get information on how sport operated in Logan.
Terry has at all times conducted himself in a professional manner
and showed great diligence and innovation in raising the profile
of Table Tennis in Logan City. His efforts in both the print
and electronic media, allied with his efforts in shopping centre
promotions were a lesson for other sports administrations.
AUSSIE SPORTS FIELD OFFICER.
Table Tennis Association Inc.
Mrs M. Davidson
Executive Director Q.T.T.A
Re Terje Rudolf Dahl ' In reference to his curriculum vitae,
which is impressive, he would certainly be given accreditation
in Australia within the National Coaching Accreditation System.
On the basis of the corroborating letter from the Norwegian
Table Tennis Association, I would strongly recommend him to
our National Coaching Committee for Level 3 Status. I am particularly
interested in the professional development he has undertaken
in Sweden; the latter's performance at the 1991 World Championships
was outstanding and the Swedish hold on the World Title seems
assured for some years to come.
Mr. Dahl has knowledge, practical experience and professional
expertise uncommon in Australia and on which the A.T.T.A is
devoting considerable outlays to acquiring for our elite players.
If he can be employed in the South East Queensland Region
you will have been fortunate to acquire a considerable asset
to aid both your development programmes and elite squads of
Nationally Ranked Junior Players.
Given the disappointments of attracting quality coaches from
Hong Kong, the dearth of Australian Coaches with Mr. DahI's
experience and the reluctance of the few suitable individuals
to leave the Southern States, l would advise you to secure
his services if at all possible. In the event that you are
successful l would be happy to spend time with him after the
National Secondary Schools Championships in Brisbane to orientate
him in terms of the Australian Coaching System, the National
Coaching Plan and Table Tennis Development Projects in our
Yours Sincerely, Ron Moule, B.A. ,Dip. T, Dip. P.E.
National Coaching Director
6 Charlbury Road
Medindie Gardens S.A 5081
College of Sports Education
CERTIFICATE OF COURSE COMPLEITON
Strength and Conditioning for Sports
This is to certify that
has successfully completed a professional development course
in basic principles of strength and conditioning for sports
conducted by the Australian College of Sports Education for
the Fiji Amateur Sports Association and National Olympic Committee.
31 October - 4 November 1994
Paul Jones' email to TTQ
From: Paul Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 7:47 PM
Subject: Re: Over the Net - Issue 1/2011
To: Derek Scott <email@example.com>
I had a look at Terry's academy website and it makes no comparison
with the Townsville club as regards the Academy being a serious
club and Townsville TTA being only a hobby club. It does mention
that one of the purposes of the Academy being formed is so
that people in Townsville can appreciate that Table Tennis
is a serious sport and not just a hobby. As far as I can recall
this has been Terry's stated aim even back in the early 90's
while coaching in Brisbane. His website specifically makes
no mention of any other club's in this statement only a claim
of what he purports the academy to be aiming for. I think
that he has been unjustly maligned for this and also once
again completely misunderstood by certain people who really
don't understand his goals and intentions or who are using
it as an excuse to hit out at him and as an excuse for some
pretty doubtful exclusionary practices.
I am extremely concerned as by the trends (e.g. of Mackay
being fairly quiet and cancelling their tournament) and the
North being pretty quite as well. It is looking at present
like North Queensland is sliding off the Table Tennis map.
Townsville TTA should be supporting the new club not trying
it's best to scupper it before it gets going otherwise the
sport is likely to die off up here.
Bergersen about coaching and Terry:
coaching has produced all the top players in Europe, so it
should not be difficult to understand the value of group coaching.
It might take some time to reach an acceptable level (learn
the basics) but from there you have to play with many different
players and learn from each other!
Bergersen is the Norwegian national coach for the disabled
and coach in/for Norway's largest and best association. firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bergersen about Terry and his visit to Norway 2009:
Terje Dahl has recently been in Norway. There he contacted
the best club in Norway, Fokus. Terje is still having his
old reputation, he has made a lot of players norwegian champions!
So off course we let him into the training with the other
national team coaches. We used Terje as a coach for young
players and also players on the norwegian national team. It
was great for us to see him with the players and we realized
that he was still a good coach with all the great ideas, but
also that he had been followed the tabletennis development,
with a mix between group and multiball training. Especially
the group training was very good with much variation in excersises
and good contact with the players! I really hope there is
a club in Australia who can take benefit on his great knowledge
Jan Bergersen, coach Fokus Tabletennis club and norwegian
of the "firsts" I achieved as an administrator:
First Norwegian tournaments with time tables, barriers, scoring
boards and umpires.
First cadet tournaments and league.
First to take Norwegian players to Swedish summer camps.
First to hold summer camps in cooperation in with Swedish
First to take a Norwegian player to visit the Swedish table
First table tennis hall Norway.
First serious planning by a Norwegian table tennis association.
First to implement physical training, goal-setting and season-planning
for Norwegian players.
First table tennis association in Norway to use a sport psychologist.
First to hold national training squads for cadets and juniors
First to write table tennis articles on a regular basis for
to implement national table tennis training squads in Fiji.
First televised tournament in Fiji.
First cadet tournament in Australia.
First info-kits for schools and media in Australia.
Some of the best results as a coach:
65 Norwegian championships as a coach. Winning the Norwegian
league for teams; both men and women.
First Norwegian medals at the Nordic Championships; Teams
for men and teams for juniors women.
for a Norwegian cadet team ever at the European junior championships.
Best players: Tone Folkeson, best Norwegian female player
ever (Norwegian senior champion 14 years old), Pål Guttormsen,
best Norwegian male player ever (he started playing in England
and runner up in Cadet singles in the Euopean Championships
for juniors) , Dag Vavik winning all major senior- and junior
championships in Norway as 17-year old, except men singles
in the Norwegian senior championships, good results as junior
for the Norwegian national team.
Fokus TTA won the trophy as best association in a Swedish
Tone Folkeson beating the Swedish junior champion in a Swedish
TTA beating Brisbane 6-0 in the State League.
First silver medals to Fiji at the South Pacific Games - after
a few weeks coaching.
Fokus TTA team of two U10 boys runner up for U11 teams in
the unofficial Norwegian championships for mini-cadets (2008).
The juniors that I coached eventually stepped up to senior
level and had very good international results (beat England),
until a taxi with the Norwegian players had a serious accident
in Spain (one killed, one permanently paralysed, one quit
Best international players I have short-term coached:
World Champions J-O Waldner and Jørgen Persson - at
a Nordic summer camp for juniors.
World Champion Peter Karlsson - summer camps in Falköping,
Li Chunli - a weekend clinic in New Zealand.
I believe I also have coached Carl Prean, when with the Norwegian
cadet and junior teams in England.
I was fortunate to learn from, and work together with, the
Swedish top coaches Thomas Stenberg (Swedish teams and summer
camps), Allan Dahlgren (Stellan Bengtsson/Ulf Carlsson/Falkenberg)
and Christer Johansson (Swedish team when world champions).
view on coaching:
In Australia they believe that a table tennis coach has to
be a good player. Well, myself I could beat J-O Waldner's
coach (Nisse Sandberg) - and I don't even consider myself
a player! And you would never see Christer Johansson play
(even if he could play)!
"Responsible" might be the best world to characterize
a good coach.
best coaches are in the profession because they love it. Besides
to the sports and success the best coaches display a clear
commitment to looking out for the best interest of the individual
I have never left table tennis as a coach or administrator
due to lack of success - but more because of it (and lack
of a professional attitude from the environment)!
I once said I was 10 years ahead of Norwegian table tennis
with a view to administration and coaching. I
- I learned in Norway this year (2009) that I was 20 years
parts of my life:
Table tennis have seldom been my main work - it has mostly
been voluntarily, even if I tend to spend more time on the
sports than my job! I have been
a teacher in schools (primary and secondary), managing director
of a company importing sports-equipment (mainly table tennis),
copy-director in some of Norway's leading advertising agencies,
freelance journalist, author and web-editor. And also a yachtsman,
fisherman and farmer: I left Norway to sail single-handed
to the Pacific, and later I lived on an uninhabited coral-island
for some years with my Polynesian wife Emma. We have two kids:
Sonia and Olav.
Besides from being a table tennis coach I also have also been
coaching in soccer and tennis. I am also interested in music
- and I was the first person to record and release a music-cassette
in Tuvalu! I am also quite concerned of the climate-change
- and have helped Norwegian environmental organisations, challenged
the government and edit an internet newspaper. I have been
on the tv (and radio, newspapers and magazines) many times
- sports, adventure, travel, news, entertainment and environment.