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Denise Helen Horder (nee Millikan)



Denise Helen Horder (nee Millikan)

Member 1987

b. 29 October 1957

Denise etched her name into the record books as the first Tasmanian player ever to be selected for an Australian table tennis team. She was selected in 1978 for the Australian team to compete in the first Oceania table tennis championship in Auckland. Denise was successful in winning the mixed doubles title (partner Steve Knapp) at this tournament and was ranked No. 2 in Oceania at the conclusion of the Championship.

Denise retained her position in various Australian teams in World and Commonwealth Championships and International Tournaments from 1979 to 1983. She became the first Tasmanian to win an Australian Table Tennis Singles Championship in 1980 (Hobart), displaying outstanding temperament and ball control. In the same year Denise won the Victorian Open Women's Singles title. She was the first Tasmanian to do so and the only player, other than a Victorian, to capture the title for 35 years.

Three years previously in 1979, Denise was successful in the Mixed Doubles at the Australian Championships.

At a State level Denise was undefeated in Women's table tennis since 1976, winning 10 consecutive State Women's table tennis titles - a State record - not to mention numerous State doubles and mixed titles. Denise dominated women's table tennis in Tasmania for a decade 1975-1985.