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Above header image: Publications from the original BCTTA.

Investigating Today's BCTTA

The posts below all relate to our investigation into the BC Table Tennis Association, aka the BCTTA, something we decided to do after publishing a letter to our editors from a former board member of the BCTTA. We got to know the former director and that lead us to speaking with dozens of members of the lower mainland table tennis community. We learned everything we published in this series through conversations with kids, parents of kids, average players, elite players and club owners. We were more than surprised to discover that without exception, everyone had negative opinions about today’s BCTTA. We also learned much about the revered original BCTTA started back in the 1960’s by Chandra Madhosingh. Ironically, much of what we gleaned about the original BCTTA was from the current BCTTA’s website on a page titled, “Looking Back“. On that page, created by the former communications director with the intent of providing a contrast to today’s BCTTA, are 10 digitized editions of old analogue newsletters published by the original BCTTA in the 1970’s. They provide a deep insight into the workings of the BCTTA at that time and suggest a striking contrast to today’s “for-profit-for-one-club” BCTTA. Do not be surprised if the link to the page turns 404. It means the content was removed by the BCTTA.

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The BCTTA: Then and Now

In the latest post in our “Investigating the BCTTA” series, we compare the mandate and mission original BC Table Tennis Association, started by Chandra Madhosingh in the mid-60’s, to today’s BCTTA, now completely unmoored from its original commitment to serve and build the table tennis community in BC. To order to learn about the BCTTA then and now, we spoke with dozens of adults, seniors and kids from the table tennis community.

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Induct Dr. Chandra Madhosingh into BC Sports Hall of Fame

Chandra Madhosingh, who died in December of 2022, was known affectionately as the “father of table tennis in BC” for his life-long, multifaceted approach to developing table tennis programs throughout British Columbia. He started the now debased BC Table Tennis Association in the 1960’s with representatives from across the province and over the decades created a network of development services in every region of BC for table tennis players and officials. Let’s honour Chandra’s commitment to our sport posthumously by voting to induct him into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

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Bridgeport (BCTTA) Table Tennis Club

We were excited to visit the Bridgeport Table Tennis Club. It was the last remaining club close to Vancouver we had not yet checked out and reviewed. We stopped by on a chilly rainy winter day in late 2023 and discovered a rather cold venue, figuratively and literally. Only two or three of the dozen or so tables were occupied and the under-heated club seemed devoid of energy. Had we arrived at a bad time? We will never know. The unfriendly owner seemed uneasy, our visit was short, we did not play, and taking photos during our quick tour was verboten. We concluded that Bridgeport Table Tennis Club was not particularly friendly towards looky-loos like us.

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My Year of Magical Thinking

From the author: “Here’s a lesson about being careful what you wish for. In a very short period of time, I had gone from being an average table tennis player to being voted in as the communications director of the BC Table Tennis Association (BCTTA). With the directorship came the capacity to initiate positive changes within an agency whose best days seemed to have passed. Or so I thought. This is a brief story of my year as a director of the BCTTA and what I found about about the state of the sport of table tennis in BC.

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