March 15, 2022

ITTF-Oceania Events Manager Ryan Wiegand is responsible for driving the growth of all ITTF-Oceania events. His main role is to establish and enhance sustainable events throughout Oceania. He is also the ITTF-Oceania Secretary where he takes minutes at all ITTF-Oceania Management Committee meetings, ITTF-Oceania Annual General Meetings and Special General Meetings. Ryan is also responsible for dispatching ITTF-Oceania development equipment to ITTF-Oceania Member Associations and also helps ITTF-Oceania CEO, Barry Griffiths in any area he requires assistance with. 

Ryan has worked at ITTF-Oceania for almost 4 years. After he finished working at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, he was headhunted by the previous CEO of ITTF-Oceania to be the ITTF-Oceania Events Manager. Ryan had to hit the ground running within the first two months having to organise the:

  • 2018 ITTF-Oceania Cup in Vanuatu 
  • 2018 ITTF-Oceania Junior Championships in the Cook Islands
  • 2018 ITTF World Junior Circuit Cook Islands 
  • 2018 Road to Buenos Aires YOG series – Oceania in the Cook Islands

We asked Ryan a few questions about his role and experience working as the ITTF-Oceania Events Manager. 

What do you most enjoy about your work? 

  • I enjoy organising table tennis events, especially our major events that ITTF-Oceania has organised previously. It is satisfying seeing the end result of a successful event that I have organised and to see the players, coaches and officials satisfied. I prefer being at an event and talking with people than working from my home office. I have not been able to travel anywhere for the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic so it has been good to finally see a table tennis event again at the Grand Smash Singapore. 

What are the biggest achievements in your career?

  • My biggest achievement was working at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and being co-tournament director at the 2018 ITTF World Junior Championships in Bendigo, Australia and at the 2018/2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum Australian Open in Geelong, Australia. My other notable achievement was becoming an ITTF Competition Manager, now called an Event Supervisor and I conduct this role at all ITTF-Oceania events as well as some World Table Tennis events.

How are the events these days during the COVID-19 pandemic? 

  • Due to COVID-19, ITTF-Oceania has tried on numerous occasions to organise our events, but due to lockdowns and border closures between Oceania countries, they had to be cancelled. I have been doing a bit of administration work for World Table Tennis like creating the code of conduct and other documents as requested. ITTF-Oceania is planning to hold the 2022 ITTF-Oceania Youth & Senior Championships at the end of August / early September 2022 in Australia.

Ryan is currently attending the WTT Grand Smash Singapore 2022 event. This is one of the four pillars on the WTT calendar, with each Grand Smash awarding equal World Championship points to players. He is the Assistant Event Supervisor, where he checks that the playing conditions follow the WTT event manual, answers any questions that the players have in regard to the event, works on the practice and match schedules, continually updates the results and the order of play documents as well as finding the players so that they are ready for the pre-match procedures of walking to the court once the table is free to play on. 

Stephen Duckitt (WTT Event Strategy Director), invited Ryan to attend the WTT Grand Smash Singapore event to learn how a major WTT event works and to get a feel for how WTT events are different to normal table tennis events.

ITTF-Oceania is happy to have you on the team. Thank you Ryan for your hard work and dedication. Let’s hope that in 2022 we will be able to plan more table tennis events in the Oceania region.