Our Team

Our Team

LOOPS founders and creators are a family affair, giving the facility a warm and fun-filled atmosphere. Our team is led by former Olympian and professional player Simon Gerada, his wife Melissa Tapper, who is a history making Olympian and Paralympian, together with his father Joe Gerada and a team of industry-best coaches.

Simon Gerada

Managing Director & Head Coach

Simon Gerada is the managing director and head coach at LOOPS and director of HWATT. He is a former Olympian, Australian Champion and has been a professional player for more than ten years. More recently, he has been coach to many National Squad and team members including Olympians, Paralympians, Commonwealth Games and World Championship medalists.

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Simon has worked as a professional in table tennis as an athlete, coach and in management, all within high performance table tennis. This experience has provided insights into athlete priorities, administrative responsibilities (including a large network from international business, table tennis specific home and abroad), sponsorship, finance management, client relationship management, marketing and promotion.

His table tennis methodology has been developed around his deep experience across Chinese table tennis training and understanding, and Eastern, Scandinavian and Central European table tennis methods. This is balanced by discovery and learning, equipped, applied and demonstrated to the Australian table tennis environment.

Simon’s respect and understanding of the importance of using sports psychology allows him to be flexible and mindful. Simon is decisive, directive and resilient when leading during complex, high pressure situations and significant moments including match play, training, team building and management. He builds and encourages a culture of ownership and accountability and is highly determined and disciplined, with a focus on execution and results. This is balanced by a collaborative, pragmatic approach to achieving short, medium and long term results.

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Simon Gerada

Managing Director & Head Coach

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Simon Gerada is the managing director and head coach at LOOPS and director of HWATT. He is a former Olympian, Australian Champion and has been a professional player for more than ten years. More recently, he has been coach to many National Squad and team members including Olympians, Paralympians, Commonwealth Games and World Championship medalists.

Simon has worked as a professional in table tennis as an athlete, coach and in management, all within high performance table tennis. This experience has provided insights into athlete priorities, administrative responsibilities (including a large network from international business, table tennis specific home and abroad), sponsorship, finance management, client relationship management, marketing and promotion.

His table tennis methodology has been developed around his deep experience across Chinese table tennis training and understanding, and Eastern, Scandinavian and Central European table tennis methods. This is balanced by discovery and learning, equipped, applied and demonstrated to the Australian table tennis environment.

Simon’s respect and understanding of the importance of using sports psychology allows him to be flexible and mindful. Simon is decisive, directive and resilient when leading during complex, high pressure situations and significant moments including match play, training, team building and management. He builds and encourages a culture of ownership and accountability and is highly determined and disciplined, with a focus on execution and results. This is balanced by a collaborative, pragmatic approach to achieving short, medium and long term results.

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Joe Gerada

Program Specialist & Facilities Manager

Joe Gerada has been involved in table tennis for 40 years. He loves working with anyone wanting to get better and improve their game.

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Joe has worked with kids for 20+ years, having coached State, National and International level players.

Whether you’re a Little Champ, Senior Cannonball, or looking to become the next champion player, Joe is available to provide professional coaching specifically curated for each age group and skill level.

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Joe Gerada

Program Specialist & Facilities Manager

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Joe Gerada has been involved in table tennis for 40 years. He loves working with anyone wanting to get better and improve their game.

Joe has worked with kids for 20+ years, having coached State, National and International level players.

Whether you’re a Little Champ, Senior Cannonball, or looking to become the next champion player, Joe is available to provide professional coaching specifically curated for each age group and skill level.

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Melissa Tapper

Senior Team Specialist & Strategist

Melissa Tapper brings her knowledge of elite performance and processes as an athlete to the coaching staff at LOOPS. As Australia's first ever dual Paralympian and Olympian and Commonwealth Games Gold medalists, Melissa's passion and drive is a great addition to the LOOPS training environment, aimed at giving athletes a different perspective and challenge their way of thinking.

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In April 2018, Melissa won Australia’s first table tennis gold medal at the Commonwealth Games since the sport was introduced in 2002, in front of an adoring home crowd.

While it was arguably the biggest achievement in her career to date, the Victorian Native is no stranger to making break-throughs. Despite suffering from a brachial plexus injury at birth, which resulted in Erb's Palsy, Melissa picked up table tennis at the age of eight, made the state team at 12 and the national junior team two years later. At 18, she was Australia's No. 1 female junior, the Under-18 Oceania Champion and the U-21 National Champion. Melissa’s success fuelled a dream of making the Olympics.

Melissa became the first para-athlete to compete for an able-bodied Australian team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she clinched a bronze in the women's team event. Two years later, she made Australian history for being the first athlete in the sports-mad nation to qualify for both the Paralympics and Olympics.

The excitement and adrenaline of her recent win in front of a home crowd may just spur her to another Olympic-Paralympic double in Tokyo in 2020, and perhaps to win a medal.

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Melissa Tapper

Senior Team Specialist & Strategist

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Melissa Tapper brings her knowledge of elite performance and processes as an athlete to the coaching staff at LOOPS. As Australia's first ever dual Paralympian and Olympian and Commonwealth Games Gold medalists, Melissa's passion and drive is a great addition to the LOOPS training environment, aimed at giving athletes a different perspective and challenge their way of thinking.

In April 2018, Melissa won Australia’s first table tennis gold medal at the Commonwealth Games since the sport was introduced in 2002, in front of an adoring home crowd.

While it was arguably the biggest achievement in her career to date, the Victorian Native is no stranger to making break-throughs. Despite suffering from a brachial plexus injury at birth, which resulted in Erb's Palsy, Melissa picked up table tennis at the age of eight, made the state team at 12 and the national junior team two years later. At 18, she was Australia's No. 1 female junior, the Under-18 Oceania Champion and the U-21 National Champion. Melissa’s success fuelled a dream of making the Olympics.

Melissa became the first para-athlete to compete for an able-bodied Australian team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she clinched a bronze in the women's team event. Two years later, she made Australian history for being the first athlete in the sports-mad nation to qualify for both the Paralympics and Olympics.

The excitement and adrenaline of her recent win in front of a home crowd may just spur her to another Olympic-Paralympic double in Tokyo in 2020, and perhaps to win a medal.

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Patrick Wuertz

Legacy Engineer & Development

Patrick Wuertz is the current Head Coach for the Oceania region. Of German decent, Patrick has been working with LOOPS since 2016. He has worked with all of the champions and is keen to help anyone enjoy the game he loves.

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Our LOOPS coaches are powered by HWATT, the organisational body who commit to excellence. Since 2009, HWATT coaches have excelled by producing the largest number of social players, state and national team members. HWATT coaches work across 50 different locations, work with approximately 2,500 students per year and vary in age, gender and level.

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Patrick Wuertz

Legacy Engineer & Development

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Patrick Wuertz is the current Head Coach for the Oceania region. Of German decent, Patrick has been working with LOOPS since 2016. He has worked with all of the champions and is keen to help anyone enjoy the game he loves.

Our LOOPS coaches are powered by HWATT, the organisational body who commit to excellence. Since 2009, HWATT coaches have excelled by producing the largest number of social players, state and national team members. HWATT coaches work across 50 different locations, work with approximately 2,500 students per year and vary in age, gender and level.

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Jeff Tran

Major Sponsor & Team Player

Jeff is a trial lawyer and he has entered the legal profession for more years than he would like to remember. Although Jeff has sincere respect for the Bench, he is not afraid to argue and fight for his clients. Jeff believes that each of his clients must be properly represented and must receive a ‘fair go’.

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Because of the fact that Jeff has practised law in the city and regional areas, Jeff gained wide ranging experiences that allows him to provide advice on Criminal Law, Family Law, General Litigation, and Wills. For example, Jeff was acting as an instructing solicitor in a breach of copyright case while at the same time, in another case, he was preparing to act as co-counsel for a client facing allegations of rape and indecent assaults.

Jeff first started playing table tennis when he was about 10 years old, using the family's dining table at the horrors of his older sisters. But soon Jeff moved up in the world. Jeff and his brother would save their weekly pocket monies and hired a table for an hour at the local shop. This was a weekly ritual for about four months and then more important things interrupted Jeff's stellar table tennis career, namely an escape from Communist Vietnam.

After more than 27 years later, Jeff put his hand up and represented WA at the 2005 Seniors Nationals where, in Jeff's words, he "got creamed". But Jeff said, "the cream was forming a friendship with Simon Gerada that has strengthened day by day."

Jeff takes enjoyment from supporting Simon's table tennis projects, especially when it comes to encouraging young juniors and elite athletes who want to put in the hard work and nurture their talents to be come champions, on and off the court.

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Jeff Tran

Major Sponsor & Team Player

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Jeff is a trial lawyer and he has entered the legal profession for more years than he would like to remember. Although Jeff has sincere respect for the Bench, he is not afraid to argue and fight for his clients. Jeff believes that each of his clients must be properly represented and must receive a ‘fair go’.

Because of the fact that Jeff has practised law in the city and regional areas, Jeff gained wide ranging experiences that allows him to provide advice on Criminal Law, Family Law, General Litigation, and Wills. For example, Jeff was acting as an instructing solicitor in a breach of copyright case while at the same time, in another case, he was preparing to act as co-counsel for a client facing allegations of rape and indecent assaults.

Jeff first started playing table tennis when he was about 10 years old, using the family's dining table at the horrors of his older sisters. But soon Jeff moved up in the world. Jeff and his brother would save their weekly pocket monies and hired a table for an hour at the local shop. This was a weekly ritual for about four months and then more important things interrupted Jeff's stellar table tennis career, namely an escape from Communist Vietnam.

After more than 27 years later, Jeff put his hand up and represented WA at the 2005 Seniors Nationals where, in Jeff's words, he "got creamed". But Jeff said, "the cream was forming a friendship with Simon Gerada that has strengthened day by day."

Jeff takes enjoyment from supporting Simon's table tennis projects, especially when it comes to encouraging young juniors and elite athletes who want to put in the hard work and nurture their talents to be come champions, on and off the court.

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John Mazurkiewicz

Club Legend & Structural Engineer

Johnny Maz aka Mazamoto is LOOPS' very own legend, John helps out with everything from one's backhand to the stadiums newly designed and built amenities.

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John has been involved and supported Table Tennis since the early 70's, a fifth generation table tennis player himself. His son "Matthew" a National Champion and competitor during the 2000s was John's most memorable period in the game. Johnno is always available for a chat, a coffee or a yarn as well as always being on hand, and ready for some hard work, on and off the table.

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John Mazurkiewicz

Club Legend & Structural Engineer

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Johnny Maz aka Mazamoto is LOOPS' very own legend, John helps out with everything from one's backhand to the stadiums newly designed and built amenities.

John has been involved and supported Table Tennis since the early 70's, a fifth generation table tennis player himself. His son "Matthew" a National Champion and competitor during the 2000s was John's most memorable period in the game. Johnno is always available for a chat, a coffee or a yarn as well as always being on hand, and ready for some hard work, on and off the table.

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andro

Equipment Partner

andro is a passionate German table tennis brand that provides anything for the ambitioned player, partnered with HWATT & LOOPS since 2009 helping produce the number of national titles and champions at LOOPS.

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andro rubbers are designed, developed and produced in best “Made in Germany” quality. andro blades are formed by finely selected veneers combined with special andro blade technologies. andro textiles give the main points in table tennis fashion: Innovative functional fibers and being tested for harmful substances are a given at andro.

andro meets every player’s demand with the right material. Find out what’s best for you on this webpage and contact us: andro(at)andro.de

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andro

Equipment Partner

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andro is a passionate German table tennis brand that provides anything for the ambitioned player, partnered with HWATT & LOOPS since 2009 helping produce the number of national titles and champions at LOOPS.

andro rubbers are designed, developed and produced in best “Made in Germany” quality. andro blades are formed by finely selected veneers combined with special andro blade technologies. andro textiles give the main points in table tennis fashion: Innovative functional fibers and being tested for harmful substances are a given at andro.

andro meets every player’s demand with the right material. Find out what’s best for you on this webpage and contact us: andro(at)andro.de

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