TTCAN is pleased to introduce Arthur O’Malley as this year’s Contributor to Table Tennis award winner. The award highlights an individual who has contributed to table tennis in extraordinary ways over the past year and beyond.
A member of the PEI Table Tennis Association (PEI TTA), Arthur has been a passionate and dedicated coach for 35 years. Based in Charlottetown, PEI, Arthur is known and well-admired for his clam and persistent approach when helping players develop their technical skills.
During his time as a physical education teacher, he devoted his time after school to coaching 6-18-year-olds. He assisted a number of junior athletes in achieving their goals, including Shehla Chishti, 1987 U13 National Champion and 1987 Canada Winter Games silver medallist as well as Amy Macfarlane, 1988 Junior Champion.
“I have found Arthur to be a tireless worker for the sport of Table Tennis who has spent hundreds of hours coaching,” said Najam Chishti, the President of PEI TTA. “He is very friendly, humorous, courteous and has a passion for promoting Table Tennis to youth through fitness and enjoyment.”
Arthur’s leadership and mentoring has previously earned him honorarium from PEI TTA. However, he has always donated his winnings back to the association or to the community, by buying racquets and balls for under privileged youth.
Now retired, Arthur continues to share his love for the sport, coaching 6-25-year-olds once a week, and participating in senior games.