May 11, 2022

International Table Tennis Federation – Oceania (ITTF-Oceania) is excited to announce that Graeme Ireland has become an ITTF-Oceania Personal Honorary Member.

During the 2022 ITTF-Oceania Annual General Meeting (AGM) that was held on the 30th of April, The ITTF-Oceania Management Committee nominated Graeme Ireland to be an ITTF-Oceania Personal Honorary Member. ITTF-Oceania Personal Honorary Membership is given to officials who have given outstanding service for their lifetime of work to ITTF-Oceania.

Graeme is one of Australia’s longest serving and hardest working Administrators and Officials, enjoying a decorated career for over 25 years. 

Here are some of Graeme’s achievements:

  • Graeme has been on the ITTF-Oceania Management Committee since 1999
  • He has been a member of the ITTF Board of Directors since 1999.
  • He has been a member of the ITTF Technical Committee since 1999, including being Chairman from 2009-2013 and the ITTF Technical Commissioner since 2013.
  • He has been on the Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation Management Committee and Technical Committee for more than 20 years. 
  • He served on the Table Tennis Australia Board over two stints in the 1990’s and 2000’s and served on the National Umpires & Referees Committee from its inception until 2019.
  • After obtaining his National Referee status in 1994, Graeme became an International Referee in 1996 and has maintained this ever since. 
  • Graeme has officiated as either Referee, Deputy Referee or Umpire at every ITTF-Oceania Championships since 1993 and at most ITTF-Oceania Junior Championships in that time.
  • He was the Referee of the:
    • 2006 Commonwealth Games 
    • Deputy Referee for the 2000 Olympic Games
    • 2002 Commonwealth Games
    • 3 Commonwealth Championships
    • World Junior Championships 
    • 3 World Veterans Championships.
  • At a National level, Graeme has been a Referee at more than 40 National events from 1994 to the present.
  • Became a National Umpire in 1993 and an International Umpire in 1996. 
  • He umpired at the 2000 Paralympic Games and on multiple occasions at the World Championships, World Veterans Championships, Commonwealth Championships and Pacific Games.

Graeme has conducted himself in a quiet, but professional manner and always with good sportsmanship. His practical advice consistently focuses on acting within the spirit of the game, while adhering to the rules. Graeme is a positive role model and a worthy personal honorary member of ITTF-Oceania.

Congratulations Graeme.