Mark Smythe Table Tennis

Australia's no. 1 coach

Russell Lavale joins MSTT's coaching team

Russell Lavale has now joined Mark Smythe Table Tennis's coaching team. This is a great addition to the already strong team of coaches as Russell has been one of the best players in Australia in the last 30 years and is keen to help players of all standard to improve their level.
Russell and Mark have been great friends for over 25 years, coming through the junior & senior levels together and were part of many teams (National and Club - Croydon) through 1990's. Russell has an outstanding player profile which includes,
- Triple Olympian (1996, 2000 & 2004)
- Dual Commonwealth Games (2002 & 2006)
- Won Australian Men's Singles title 3 times (1999, 2000 & 2004)
- Won an Oceania Men's Singles
- Won many Australian & Oceania doubles titles

He has coached on and off for last 17 years and has assisted players such as Olympian David Zalcberg through 2007 & 2008.

Russell will be priced at $55 per hour or $82.50 per 1.5 hours for Individual sessions and may run a weekly group session if demand is strong enough. He will coach at Croydon TTA and possibly at MSTT's new venue, Mallauna College (Mitcham) where another MSTT coach, Joshua Cheung, will be based.
Anyone wishing to utilise Russell's coaching skills and wealth of knowledge can contact Mark 0411 493 054 or
He will normally be available on Tuesday & Friday nights and one (possibly both on some occassions) of the days on weekends