by Ian Marshall, Editor
Currently the coach at the German Table Tennis Centre in Düsseldorf where a boarding school is based, Tamara Boros is the coach for the under 23 squad.
However, with immediate effect, Tamara Boros will work alongside Jie Schöpp, attending major international tournaments; overall matters being under the direction of Richard Prause, the Sports Director for the German Table Tennis Association (DTTB).
“At the end of an Olympic cycle, all German sports associations are always called upon by our National Olympic Committee to implement changes and make new plans. We at DTTB are in the enviable position to be able to employ two former world class players, equally experienced and highly qualified as well as successful coaches for our women’s team. Our goal is to continue to be successful with the women in the future”. Richard Prause
A challenge and a hard act to follow; at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Jie Schöpp, guided Germany to silver in the women’s team event. Also, last year by securing gold at the Minsk 2019 European Games, the Tokyo 2020 place was booked.
Three in a row
In addition, under the guidance of Jie Schöpp, Germany claimed three recent women’s team titles in succession at the European Championships; they won in 2013 in Schwechat, the following year in Lisbon before once again succeeding in 2015 in Ekaterinberg.
Significantly, Jie Schöpp was named coach of the year for 2015-2016 by the German Table Tennis Association.
Meanwhile, as a player, a staunch defender, she represented Germany on 107 occasions; she was a member of the bronze medal winning outfit in the women’s team event at the Manchester 1997 World Championships. Most notably, she won the Europe Top 12 title in 1994 in Arezzo and 2003 in Saarbrücken.
Wealth of experience
Similarly, Tamara Boros has a wealth of experience; most significantly being a wonen’s singles bronze medallist at the Liebherr 2003 World Championships in Paris, the last female player from outside Asia to reach the last four. In 2015 Tamara Boros was inducted into the European Table Tennis Union’s “Hall of Fame”.
More recently in October 2018 at the Faculty of Kinesiology University of Split, she gained her Master’s Degree in Sports Coaching, specialising in table tennis, the thesis entitled: Characteristics of basic playing systems in the modern table tennis women’s game.
Most certainly Tamara Boros has the experience, the knowledge and the credentials.