New­found­lan­der has big job with world ta­ble ten­nis body

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - SPORTS -

New­found­lan­der Bruce Bur­ton is the new ex­ec­u­tive vi­cepres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Ta­ble Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (ITTF).

Bur­ton, a Twill­ingate na­tive and res­i­dent of St. John’s, was elected by a solid mar­gin over a large num­ber of con­tenders for the po­si­tion dur­ing the ITTF’S an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Düs­sel­dorf, Ger­many. As a re­sult, Bur­ton will serve as a mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee for four years. “There is no doubt in my mind that our big­gest con­tri­bu­tion has to be in the area of pro­mo­tion,” said Bur­ton after his elec­tion. “With the re­cent growth of ta­ble ten­nis in North Amer­ica, our con­ti­nent has shown its po­ten­tial as a huge mar­ket for ta­ble ten­nis. The chal­lenge is to break through the bar­ri­ers posed by the ma­jor pro­fes­sional sports that dom­i­nate tele­vi­sion cov­er­age.”

A for­mer pro­vin­cial team player who rep­re­sented New­found­land at the 1975 Canada Win­ter Games, Bur­ton be­came pres­i­dent of the New­found­land Ta­ble Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion that same year. He even­tu­ally be­came pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian Ta­ble Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion. He has been a coun­cil mem­ber of the ITTF since 1995.

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