ITTF-Oceania Development Program History
In the early years development projects were mostly conducted alongside the Oceania Championships, by staging training camps in conjunction with the event. With the introduction of Table Tennis in the Olympic program in 1988 more funding was made available and a more structured development program was formed.
The vision for the Development Program was given by Ron Moule, and a General Meeting was held by the Oceania Table Tennis Federation at the 1991 World Championships which set out the following key objectives:
- A coordinated programme of international competition
- A ranking system which would relate to standings of all international players in Oceania
- To integrate a schools policy
- To create unity with a coaching structure
- To provide umpiring procedures
- To identify administration as the foundation on which all objectives will ultimately rest
- To ensure that adequate standards of equipment are available on each of the member countries
- To maximise and encourage promotional opportunities
Ron Moule (AUS) and Peter Hirst (NZL) started the development work in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Following the successful implementation of the Development Plan in 1991, two volunteer positions were created starting in 1994:
- Development Officer – Responsible for the Development Program. Primarily organising and conducting courses to further develop Table Tennis within Oceania. Courses which can be held are Coach Education, Umpire Education, Administration Education, Training Camps, Competition Organisation, as well as assisting in implementing Strategic Plans.
- Umpires & Referees Chairman – Responsible for liaising with all Member Associations and the Management Committee on all issues relating to the development of Officiating and the appointment of tournament officials within the region and, where required, internationally. Development will include organising and conducting ITTF Umpire and Referee courses throughout the region, especially in the countries which do not have their own course structures, and developing pathways by which officials are able to gain experience and advancement by attending regional and international competitions.
In 1999 with the support of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and the Oceania National Olympic Committees, a full time position of Development Officer was created which established the ITTF-Oceania Development Program as we know it today, with a fulltime Oceania Development Officer conducting courses which include coach education, umpire education, training camps, school visits and teacher education, administrative support, assistance with funding applications, setting up table tennis in non-member countries and other areas as required to leave the maximum legacy.
The support provided has also allowed the Umpires & Referees Chairman to conduct more courses, and ensure that Officiating education throughout the Oceania Region is ongoing.
Due to the introduction of the ITTF-Oceania Development Program in 1999 the Oceania Table Tennis Federation has grown from seven at foundation to the 24 member associations that there are today thanks to the efforts of the Development Officers and the vision of the OTTF.
Oceania Development Officers:
- Glenn Tepper – part-time 1994-1998
- Glenn Tepper – 1999-2001
- Steve Dainton – 2002-2005
- Andrew Hubbard – 2006-2008
- Scott Houston – 2009-2011
- Michael Brown – 2012-
For a full list of all Development Program courses, please refer to the ITTF Database.
When searching the ITTF Database, select Oceania from the drop-down menu of continents, and this will filter only Oceania courses.