March 15, 2015

bowler_15_03_15_LargeIt is with regret that I advise that long time patriarch and Personal Honorary Member of the Oceania Table Tennis Federation, KEITH BOWLER, passed away on the 7th March 2015 in Sydney. I have just been advised by Table Tennis NSW.


For those that did not know of Keith, he is one of the founding officials of OTTF along with Ken Wilkinson. He and Ken were alternate ITTF Vice-Presidents for Oceania in the days when this position was applicable. Keith was for many years Executive Director of OTTF and only relinquishing the post in the early 90’s. Keith was also instrumental in New South Wales Table Tennis being the CEO for many years and also worked tirelessly for ATTA (Australian Table Tennis Association) as it was then. He is a Life Member of Table Tennis NSW and Table Tennis Australia and as I mentioned a Personal Honorary Member of OTTF. Keith was also recognised by ITTF for many years of work for Table Tennis worldwide.


Our condolences go to his family. The funeral will be held on the 19th March 2015.


I had the privilege of knowing and working with Keith in the 80’s and 90’s prior to his retirement and we had very good working relationship. He assisted me with his knowledge and experience for which I will be forever grateful. Keith will go down in history as a great Table Tennis administrator and mentor to everyone associated with him over his time in the game.


It is now time to rest Keith and thank you from everyone in Table Tennis throughout the world.