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28/12/1933 -

Suzy Javor was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1986 as an Athlete Member for her contribution to the sport of table tennis.

Javor came to Australia from her native Hungary in 1957 after the Hungarian revolution and was Australia’s most outstanding female table tennis player, achieving number one ranking 11 times.

Javor won the Hungarian women’s doubles twice, in 1955 and 1956, the Youth World Championship in women’s doubles in 1954 and a bronze medal in the women’s doubles at the 1953 world titles. She was twice runner up in the Hungarian singles titles, and won the Swiss Open singles in 1963 and the Maccabian singles titles in Israel in 1965 and 1969. Javor was part of the Hungarian champion team four times.

Javor won the Australian singles championships ten times between 1958 and 1970. During the annual Australian team event, she won 105 Victorian team championship games, losing just five. She won eight doubles championships between the same years, won the mixed doubles in 1967, and was runner up in the mixed doubles five times.

She won the Victorian singles championship 11 times, the Victorian women’s doubles title 12 times, the Victorian mixed doubles seven times, and the Victorian closed singles title three times. In Tasmania and Queensland she won the triple crown: singles, doubles, and mixed doubles, in New South Wales she won the singles and the doubles.

Altogether Javor won 95 singles tournaments and was runner up only three times. She won 72 women’s doubles tournaments with twelve partners, but mostly with Lorraine Nicholson, and 44 mixed titles. She had 15 winter pennant seasons with Hakoah club for 14 premiership flags, missing only one night when she had influenza. Her record was 655 wins, 16 losses.

Javor had a perfect temperament and encouraged those who played with and against her. She received the Barna award as the Australian player of the year twice. In Victoria she was ranked number one 13 times and she received the French Award for the best player in Victoria seven times.


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