For those who did not receive notification of Gary's passing from TTA , I have pasted it below. It was only in 2018 that Gary last played in the NSW Veterans Closed Championships winning the 0/40 Mens Singles beating Peter Krigovsky in the final. Michael Bowrey put an end to his 0/50 Mens campaign in the semi-finals. May he rest in peace.
Gary Haberl, 54, one of the greatest ever players from NSW and Australia, passed away on 18 November 2019. Gary had been unwell in recent times.
On the court, Haberl was a tenacious fighter and a fierce competitor who hated losing, he’d do everything in his power to ensure he got the ball back over the net. At the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, Haberl became the first Australian male to represent Australia in table tennis. An attacking player, playing with anti rubber on one side and smooth rubber on the other, he was highly skilled in the art of twiddling his racket mid-point which caused his opponents no end of grief.
Throughout the 1980’s, Haberl won 10 National titles in individual events including four Men’s Singles crowns; he was also part of numerous NSW Men’s Team titles. On the international stage, Haberl recorded some marvellous victories including against top Japanese players and his Trans-Tasman battles with New Zealand rivals Barry Griffiths and Peter Jackson are still spoken fondly about by those fortunate enough to witness them.
Although Haberl retired from competing at the highest level at a relatively young age, his impact on table tennis in Australia was substantial. He was a highly respected competitor and will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Thank you for everything you did for table tennis. Rest in peace Gary.
Chief Executive Officer
Table Tennis Australia Ltd.
FUNERAL NOTICE – GARY HABERL
To be held:
At: 1.00 pm
On: Tue 26 Nov 2019
At: St Philip's Catholic Church
31 Vista Parade
Kotara NSW 2289