Table Tennis Wellington



Newtown Stadium Working Bee 2023

Help refresh the stadium to keep it going until it can be fully renovated.

We’re organising a working bee at the Newtown Table Tennis Stadium to refresh the exterior and interior, especially the playing area, so we can continue playing there safely until the Stadium is fully renovated.

Saturday 28 January. There’ll be a morning shift and an afternoon shift – come for one or the other – or both!

Please Contact
Contact Peter (details below).


Malcolm Wong

Sad news with Malcolm Wong passing away on Tuesday (7/12/2021). Malcolm had lots of friends in the table tennis community here in Wellington but also all over New Zealand as well as overseas with official umpiring at international events such as the 2018 World Juniors, 2017 World Masters Games, 2014 World Vets, Commonwealth Table Tennis Champs (Glasgow) in 2009. Malcolm loved to travel around New Zealand both to play as umpire and having a keen interest in table tennis history was a prolific writer for our player profiles and travel reports here.

Malcolm has been the president of Table Tennis Wellington since 2017 and has been active in many capacities and for multiple clubs over the years with Te Rama his home base.

Malcolm will have a private funeral in Wellington followed by a public funeral in Auckland.

We’ll all miss you Malcolm.

also see TTNZ on Malcolm in Facebook

Newsletter & Upcoming Events

Announcing the inaugural…

Also here are some upcoming events:

Jun 29-30 North Shore Open
Jun 29 Hawkes Bay Open (Napier)
Jul 7-8 Central Region Junior, Cadet and Hopes Training Camp (Palmerston North)
Jul 7-13 Australian Junior Championships (TTNZ Selected Teams) Wollongong - starring Anna Wilson
Jul 12-14 North Island Individual Championships (Wanganui)
Jul 20-21 Otago Open (Dunedin)
Jul 27-28 Wellington Open
Aug 2 CollegeSport Wellington Table Tennis Regionals Individuals (enter by July 25)
Aug 3-4 Waikato Open (Hamilton)
Aug 7-10 ITTF-Oceania Junior Championships (Tonga)
Aug 9 CollegeSport Wellington Table Tennis Regionals Teams (enter by Aug 1)
Sep 2-4 NZ Secondary School Championships
Sep 7-8 Manawatu Open
Sep 28-Oct 6 NZ Junior & Senior Championships (Christchurch) 

2015 Outline

The exec has drafted a schedule for the main TTW related events as below (to be confirmed), let us know of any suggestions or ideas for 2015. Anyone interested in helping out with any of these events or coming onto the TTW committee or a club committee please let us or your club know, also sponsorship enquiries are always welcome!
If you’re interested in what we get up to in our spare time…

-video thanks to Capturegram

  • TTW AGM Feb 26 (7:30pm @ ETTC)
  • Business Class Competition: Tuesdays starting around early-mid Feb (TBD soon) (7 weeks)
  • Summer Interclub: Wednesdays Feb 25 Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1 (6 weeks)
  • Feb 21: Family Doubles Tournament (@ETTC)
  • May 2/3 Joola Wellington Autumn Open
  • May 23 Wellington Vets
  • June 14 Junior Development Tournament (#1 of 2)
  • Winter Interclub Series I: May 19/20, May 26/27, June 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24, 30/July 1 (7 weeks)
  • [School Holidays July 4-19 incl. North Islands, 6-12 July]
  • Winter Interclub Series II: July 21/22, 28/29, Aug 4/5, 11/12, 18/19, 25/26, Sep 1/2 Finals night Sep 8/9.
  • 31 July Secondary School Individuals
  • Aug 1/2 Wellington Open
  • Aug 7 Secondary School Teams Tournament
  • Sep 18 Intermediate School Teams Tournament
  • Sep 20 Junior Development Tournament (#2 of 2)
  • Composite Interclub (6 weeks) Wednesdays Oct 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25 (& prize giving)

TBD: State Of Origin Trophy 5-person team event!

Working bee @ Newtown Stadium from noon Sunday Jan 18

Hi folks, short notice but the weather is looking ok – we’re having a working bee Sunday at noon onwards at the Newtown TT stadium this Sunday (Jan 18). Please come along if you can, we’ll be doing some painting, gutter clearing, and any indoor work we can do depending on how many turn up!

Btw Titan is underway at the Newtown stadium (9:30am – 1pm) also Empire in Petone is underway from Monday Jan 19 (casual play) and organised games from Jan 26. Other clubs will be starting up for the season later on after summer.

Merry Christmas!

-Gabrielle Telfer & the TTW exec

Composite Finals and Prizegiving night

Last night in Division 2 The Force (Dean McNicholl, Travis Dyer, Jimi Nelson) justified their top points ranking at the end of the round-robin round with a 7-4 win over Team Grace (Ian Grace, Chris Sutton, Anita Crowe) in the Composite teams finals.

A classic nail-biting finish saw Team Gan (John Gan, Matthew Hobbs, Brendyn Shaw) head off Team Talbot (Ian Talbot, Tony Rutledge, Shane Gibson) in the Division 1 final 6-5 after John beat Ian 19-17 in the 5th game in a 1 vs. 1 clash that went down to the wire and beyond! With Ian fending off around 6 match points to my recollection, John had to save a couple of match points himself before finally coming through.

All this went down as the rest tucked into some pizza and unwound for the evening prior to the prize giving of medals and certificates for the winter and composite teams divisions. Below are a pile of assorted photos from the night.
(Full composite stats spreadsheet coming soon.)

2014 Prizegiving – following Composite finals (Dec 3)

This is a great chance to come along to socialize with your fellow players and unwind at the end of our season, see you there!
2014 Prizegiving

Introducing . . . . your new Chairperson

Hi all

My name is Gabrielle Telfer and I was recently elected Chairperson of Table Tennis Wellington.

I am a very new person to the Table Tennis Wellington administration – I was invited to join the committee after travelling to Auckland with the team for the Junior Nationals last July.

I have never played Table Tennis myself and I am not a good spectator so please don’t look for me to be sitting court side too often. I would rather be making cups of tea or sweeping up!

My involvement with Table Tennis has been brought about by my son Gareth who began playing Table Tennis at the Waterloo club four years ago and more latterly my daughter Sophie who picked up a bat last year. Maybe it should be on my bucket list!

I intend to visit each of our member clubs over the next few weeks to see where you are, who you are and what we (TTW) can do for you.

My door is (metaphorically) always open and I welcome any comments, questions or opinions you may wish to express. will get to me or my phone contacts are home 5692694 or mobile 021 361162.

I assure you that our very competent committee will be striving to deliver the best possible service we can to each and every one of you as well as working for the betterment of  Table Tennis in the greater Wellington region.

Your 2012 committee is: 

Paul Solt             President                             

Gabrielle Telfer     Chairperson                                                               

Raewyn Young      Deputy Chairperson        

Larn Sweeney      Secretary            

Kevin Haines        Treasurer

Stephen Hirst       Head Coach

Mat Hobbs           Meeting Secretary

Maggie Dyer  

Roger Watkin                                                                                           

I would also like to thank the outgoing 2011 committee for their efforts on your behalf. May those of you who did not seek re-election enjoy a well earned rest and know that we are grateful for all you did for TTW.



Mike Flynn Memorial Award

Every year a winner is selected for the Mike Flynn Memorial Award. This is awarded to the most improved junior in Table Tennis Wellington for the previous year also including attitude, cooperation and respect for others. (According to the rules of this award, an individual can only win this award once.)

Here is the previous winner for 2010 Delano Lam (Waterloo Club) presented by TTW President Paul Solt:

Delano Lam, 2010 Mike Flynn Memorial Award winner (right)

And the 2011 winner Gareth Telfer (Waterloo Club) with TTW President Paul Solt:

Gareth Telfer, 2011 Mike Flynn Memorial Award winner (right)

Congratulations to our recent and all winners of this award and also Waterloo Club!

TTW AGM Coming up (Tuesday March 6)

Official notices have been sent out already but you may be interested to know that the 10th Annual General Meeting of Table Tennis Wellington is being held commencing 7:30pm at the Empire Table tennis Club stadium. Even if you are not a specific member or club delegate, you can attend as an observer. Also, there are spaces available on the executive committee so there is a chance you’ll be nominated!

Notwithstanding specific coaching roles or specific honorariums (accepted or otherwise), members of committees are unpaid and may work many hours, sometimes in between family crisis and imminent work deadlines! Next time you walk into a club or activity, consider how many people might have been involved along the way in bringing table tennis to you. That small amount of money you spend really goes a long way. In the overall scheme of things, any time or expertise you can provide over and above those dollars counts a great deal towards maintaining table tennis in our community.

Magical Blog Fairy(TM)
Magical Blog Fairy™
Most work is done by people not on any specific committee. It’s not the task of any particular committee to attend to all your table tennis needs and desires, an association is only the sum of the things that we all create. For example, the reason why story X, Y or Z isn’t in this blog, is simply that no-one has sent it in, there is no Magical Blog Fairy™ flitting around from table to table gathering stories near and far.

A committee is a vehicle for planning and decision-making, followed by enabling the people and resources to execute specific projects. While a committee should ideally proportionately represent a range of interests, note that many (if not most) major activities happen externally to direct committee involvement, with perhaps only intermittent interaction if at all. To clarify what I mean, here are some examples:

  1. Someone of their own accord organises entries and car-pooling for people interested in travelling to a tournament together.
  2. Clubs themselves operate independently from each other and at least mostly independently from the TTW at the association level.
  3. Your local sports shop that advertises and sells table tennis equipment is a separate process with essentially no connection to any club, association, or national sports body or committee. Arguably, the greatest force for promoting table tennis in New Zealand overall is Rebel Sports.

At the end of the day, we are all better off if everyone working on a community project is doing something they enjoy and in an area they are interested in. Maybe there is some project that you may be interested in, that you would like to run or be a part of, you can get on a club or association committee or not even be on a committee at all but just talk with your committee to see how your project can dovetail nicely with everything else that is going on.

TTW BBQ – Sunday Feb 12!

To all players and their families,

Table Tennis Wellington will be holding a BBQ on Sunday 12th February from 4pm outside the Empire Table Tennis club rooms. This is to foster the family atmosphere we would like all our players to feel part of and genuinely hope you and your family would be able to come and join in this event with us.

We would like you to all participate in some outdoor fun games like Volleyball, Football and Cricket. If any of you have equipment for these games could you please bring it along.

We will be providing sausages and bread and would ask that you bring a salad or a plate of food to share.

To help us with catering could you please advise if you will be attending and if so the number of people you will be bringing.

Please RSVP to Gabrielle Telfer at telferhome [at]

We look forward to seeing you all there.

-Stephen Hirst

Jack Blackmore

Jack with Rob in 2002
I have sad news to report with a notice (attached) of the passing of Jack Blackmore, a stalwart club administrator for many years including with the Wellington association, and was still active even being the recent over-80s winner at the Titan club champs this year. I knew Jack in the mid 90’s and he was dedicated to Titan and the association, and contributed for as long as he could – even on the table winning the over 80 singles at the Titan club champs recently.

A service for Jack will be held at the Barnabas Church, 106a Mana Esplanade, Plimmerton on Wednesday 11am. Several from Titan are coming and I will come too. The notice includes: “In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart Foundation of NZ, PO Box 5357, Wellington 6145 would be appreciated.”

Jack with Reg Seddon 1997

BLACKMORE, John Desmond (Jack). – 13.01.1930 – 16.12.2011.
Suddenly at home. Dearly loved husband of Elizabeth and loved father and father in law to Don and Jill, Susan and Stu, Graham and Nicky, and Lynda and Andy. Treasured Grandad of Emma, Steven, Matthew, Amy, Ryan, Joshua, Dion, Melissa, Zak and Chad. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart Foundation of NZ, PO Box 5357, Wellington 6145 would be appreciated. Messages to the ‘Blackmore Family’ may be sent to PO Box 13-546, Wellington. A service for Jack will be held at the Barnabas Church, 106a Mana Esplanade, Plimmerton on Wednesday, 21st December 2011 at 11am followed by a private cremation.
Ninness Funeral home (04) 237 4174

Eric Tindill

Eric Tindill, who died on Sunday 1 August aged 99, was the first Treasurer of the Wellington Table Tennis Association (1933) and a Life Member.

He is better known as one of seven ‘Double All Blacks’ and the only one to play rugby and cricket tests for New Zealand. Eric represented NZ at rugby (1935-38) and played one test against England (1935) as a five eight. He played 5 cricket tests for NZ (1937-47) as a wicket keeper and did manage to catch the great Australia batsman, Sir Don Bradman, off the bowling of Jack Cowie in NZ v South Australia (1937). He also refereed three rugby tests (1950 v Lions (2), 1955 v Australia) and umpired a cricket test (1959 v England).

Eric was inducted into the NZ sports hall of fame (1995) and was officially recognised as a legend of Wellington sport (2005).  He also represented Wellington at football and table tennis.

Eric retained a keen interest in table tennis and attended many Wellington Table Tennis Association AGMs.

-Malcolm Wong

Also: The Dominion PostTelegraph, NY Times.

2010 Winter Interclub Round 1 Draws & Rules

Premier 1 draw is here: TTW Winter Interclub Premier 1 draw Rd 1

Premier 2 draw is here: TTW Winter Interclub Premier 2 draw Rd 1

Premier 3 draw is here: TTW Winter Interclub Premier 3 draw Rd 1

Interclub Rules are here: TTW Interclub Rules – final

Code of Conduct here: 2010 TTW Code of Conduct

Have a fun year!


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