Board Members


Terry Morato

Terry has been involved in Table Tennis for 40 years having started playing at the age of 21 and from there being involved as a club President of Lower Burdekin and more recently President of the Townsville Table Tennis Association. He has also been a member of the TTQ board for a number of years.

Terry has throughout those years held a Level One Coaching Certificate and a State Umpire Badge as well as being a player. Terry continues to be a keen player having competed in Asian Veterans Competitions, New Zealand Veterans and World Veterans competitions along with many State Open and Closed Tournaments over many years.

Terry has almost 40 Years of management experience being involved with community organisations, Commercial Business groups as well as managing a large agricultural businesses.

As President Terry believes TTQ needs to be fostering and adding value to its member clubs by assisting them in any way using TTQ resources. Also to continue with the strong development program for juniors and to find ways to bring sponsorships on board to allow for better support of our Representative and emerging Players both male and female.


Vice President

Steve Mitchell



As a keen junior and now veteran player, Steve has seemingly always had an interest in table tennis and how the sport is played in Queensland. Steve became aware that perhaps the time had come to take on a more formal role within the table tennis community and so became a TTQ Board Member in 2014.

In 2016 Steve then accepted the position as Vice President of TTQ and is currently serving TTQ members in that capacity.

Steve has endeavoured to make changes where appropriate, to improve participation rates, interest levels and general consistency in decision making by encouraging the Board Members in TTQ to embrace our great State as a whole.

Steve is very keen to continue playing and competing for as long as possible because of the health benefits and friendships made through participating in competitions.

He hopes to see you out there at a tournament, and is always interested to hear what players have to say about TTQ and the job we are doing.



Joe Clifton

Joe began his playing career in Rockhamption in 1989 and has been actively involved with the sport ever since. He is an Internationally Qualified Umpire and has umpired at a few international events, with the highlight being the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Joe have previously held the Treasurer's position for the Rockhampton Table Tennis Association, before being elected to the Queensland Board in 1999.



Lukas Kozak

Lukas has been involved in table tennis for over 15 years and is very active in the aspects of playing and management side of the game.

Hailing from the Gold Coast, Lukas has played for his club at many State Championships at Junior and Senior level, winning numerous State Titles. He has also represented QLD at several National Championships in all age categories. Some accomplishments were; Twice Teams Bronze at Aus Juniors, Team Bronze at National Seniors and most recently Gold in the 0/30 Teams at the Australian Veterans.

Lukas has completed a Bachelor degree in Business Management, Majoring in Sport, Tourism & Hospitality and is currently the Centre Manager of the Gold Coast Association. His administration experience in the sport is vastly growing in terms of organisation of events, undertaking roles as Tournament Director/Competition Manager at several State, National & International Championships.

Lukas has over 12 years of committee experience at his local club, being Secretary since 2009. Previously on the TTQ board for two years, Lukas is looking forward to once again help grow the profile of the sport in all areas of the game.

Board Members


Jason Hockings

Jason Hockings first got into table tennis in Rockhampton at the age of 10 and has been actively involved in the sport ever since. As a junior, Jason regularly competed in open tournaments and represented Rockhampton at the Queensland Junior Championships on six occasions.

In 2009, Jason moved to Brisbane for university, completed his Level 1 Coaching Accreditation and began coaching at the Brisbane Table Tennis Association. Since moving back to Rockhampton, Jason has completed his Level 2 Coaching Accreditation and has regularly mentored junior players at club, state and national level events.

Prior to joining the TTQ board, Jason has spent a number of years on the Rockhampton Table Tennis Association management committee. In addition to this, Jason has also been a member of the Rockhampton Tennis Association tournament and fixture committee for the past two years. Jason is passionate about fostering improvement in the attraction, development and retention of junior players within the sport, and about marketing the sport to the wider community to increase participation throughout the state.


Venkat Vangaveti

Venkat Vangaveti has been playing table tennis last 20 years. Hailing from India, Venkat has been a member of University team during his graduate days. He now represents Townsville and Queensland in the Over 30’s team winning the Over 30’s team gold at Australian Veteran championships 2017.

Venkat is a Senior Research officer at James Cook University, involved in undertaking and supporting medical research at the Tropics.

Currently a board member of Townsville Table Tennis Association, His interests include coaching and mentoring juniors at the club and he is keen to help improve table tennis grow in the North Queensland region.


Karen Smith

Karen’s interest in table tennis began after a competition at her local primary school. She joined the local Mackay club after recommendation from her class teacher and as a junior represented the club and state in sub-junior, junior and senior teams having success with her Mackay team mate to win the club’s first Australian individual title.   

Karen had a break from Table Tennis to attend College and undertake studies to commence a career in primary school teaching.  Table Tennis seemed to be in her blood with a return to the sport with her younger sister. During this time she assisted the local coach with training the local stars and was also an active committee member.  Karen continued to play until the birth of her children.          

After spending some time in Western Queensland Karen and her family moved back to Mackay where she began playing at the Bridge road centre again.  She saw talent in the many local juniors so took on a voluntary coaching role to fill the void and once again became an active committee member.  Karen travelled to State and Australian junior competitions as a coach and chaperone. She has been a state selector of junior, senior and veteran teams. Karen played in successful club and state veteran teams, once again achieving an individual Australian Gold with her team mate.  She continues to compete, in local fixtures at Moreton Bay, at club, state and veteran tournaments.             

Karen has a passion for table tennis and one of her goals as part of the TTQ board is to assist in the development of females in sport.


Vanessa Paulsen

Vanessa has been involved with Table Tennis for 20 years.  She first started playing socially in Rockhampton where her first of 7 children also started their table tennis careers.  Moving to Bundaberg in 2013 saw her family’s passion and strength in Table Tennis grow, which helped make their decision to move to the State’s Capital where they found themselves settling into the Wynnum Table Tennis Association.  Vanessa’s love of Table Tennis has grown along with her children’s, as she now watches and supports them at Club, State and National levels.

Vanessa was appointed the President of the Wynnum Table Tennis Association in December 2018 and continues to further her experience in the sport by becoming a Southern Board Member for TTQ in 2019.  Vanessa is excited about being part of growing Table Tennis in Queensland along with her passion in building female awareness and participation.


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