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Resignation of Rob Cowan from the Board of TTI

05 December 2017

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
 
Last week I stepped down from the Board of TTI due to increasing work commitments and travel. As many of you will know, I officially stepped down as Chairman at the AGM this summer, but agreed then to remain on as secretary for a few months. Those few months are now over. It was unfortunate that we could find no volunteers for the role of Chair or Secretary (or indeed Marketing, Participation or Human Resources) at the AGM. Hopefully, suitable volunteers can soon be found for these important roles. In the meantime, I have full confidence in the Board to manage the Association through these times of change.
 
I would like to thank all those who supported me during my term as Chairman and indeed before that when I was the HR director. I have been involved directly on the committee for over two and a half years, during which time I have handled a very wide variety of issues, some more fun than others. There have been many highlights, the national men’s team win and subsequent promotion, some fantastic individual and team performances by amazing junior talent, equally amazing results from para players but, for some reason, the junior Interpros in Athlone stands out. The hall was a little too small but that added to the atmosphere. I really enjoyed seeing junior para players playing for their province alongside their non-para friends and in some cases coached by Para-Olympians  – with no barriers to their participation and winning some important victories for their province. That is something special which many other sports can’t provide and it really made me smile.
 
As well as serving on the Board, I have had time to reflect on TTI and how we can help to strengthen and grow it again. With that in mind, I attach here a short document outlining my thoughts on the challenges. Suffice to say, the call to action is for you to Engage with Association and to Volunteer.
 
I would like to thank all members of the Board with whom I have worked, Conn Higgins, Paul Dolan, Alan Strong and Peter Graham, and before them Na Ning, Michael Barry and  Liam O’Ceallaigh. Others that require special mention are Pat Hunter, Ken Strong and Joe Hickey. I would also like to welcome Michael Scott to the Board and wish him well as he begins his term of service. In particular I would like to thank John Murphy for his work on the High performance programme.  Although John’s results speak for themselves, it is only when you work with him that you realise just how many skills it takes to be a top coach – and John has all of these skills. I have always valued his opinion and advice and of course, his good humour. I’m very sad that we are losing him, but hopefully we can eventually attract him back.
 
I would also like to thank the many Branch officials from all provinces who I have had the pleasure of working with, volunteers who have worked on committees and panels, and of course our fantastic referees, umpires, club coaches and tutors.
 
Thanks also to the players, for your dedication and patience and for some memorable games and international victories. Finally, thank you to the office staff and Table Tennis professionals, Mark O’Flynn, Dave Heffernan, Sam Logue, Gavin Maguire and , again, John Murphy, especially for your flexibility.
 
It was an honour to serve the Association and I now look forward to joining the ranks of players again, that is, if Balgriffin will have me back.
 
Yours in sport
 
Rob Cowan
Issued 5/12/17

PDF of statement available here

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