Helen Elliot Hamilton




We were sad to learn of the death of the President of the Commonwealth Table tennis Federation, Helen Elliot Hamilton, who passed away in Scotland on Saturday, 12 January 2013.

Helen had been President of the CTTF since the Commonwealth Championships which were held in Glasgow in 2009 and had been a stalwart of the Scottish Association for much of the last fifty years. Helen was also nominated as President of the CTTF in 1997 when the Commonwealth Championships were played in Glasgow prior to the World Championships in Manchester.

In 1949 Helen Elliot played in the World Championships in Stockholm and won the Women’s Doubles with Gizi Farkas of Hungary and twelve months later in Budapest Helen retained the Women’s doubles title with England’s Dora Beregi. She also reached the quarter finals of the Women’s singles in the World Championships on four occasions. In Scotland Helen was the National Champion, a title that she won in 14 consecutive years. Helen was the only Scottish player to win a World title and was inducted into the Scottish Hall of Fame in 2003. Helen played in the first Commonwealth Championships in Singapore in 1971 and has been a strong supporter of the Commonwealth Federation ever since.

Helen was also recognised as a high level coach and this included many years of tuition at the Butlins Holiday Camp in Ayr with the News of the World scheme organised by Johnny Leach.

Helen will be sadly missed by her many friends and admirers both in Scotland, throughout the Commonwealth and within the Swaythling Club International where she was a long standing member.

Alan Ransome

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