Table Tennis Legend

Eleanor Leonhardt: Table Tennis Legend

A Video, Pictorial and Textual History of Eleanors' Life


Eleanor Started playing Table Tennis at the age of 8.  Although her accomplishments in the world of Table Tennis are truly remarkable there are also many other areas of her life where she truly excelled: 

• A Champion on horseback and barrel racing
• A Master Tuner and Head of the Piano Tuners Guild
• Eleanor had many recipe’s published due to her excellent skills in the kitchen 
*Many different types of Pies were published in Newsday
* Special Dishes like her Devilled eggs and Southern Green Beans
* Long Islands most beautiful Grandmother!
* Long Islands Number one Senior Table Tennis Champion on the Long Island Senior Olympics.

Some of her story will be told in print but most will be told through the pictures
On this website.  It is a tribute to her many accomplishments.

One story she told recently was that there was an equestrian competition in Smithtown and since she did not have a trailer for the horse, Eleanor rode Her horse from Deer Park where she lived at the time all the way to Smithtown And of course won the particular event she participated in.  Eleanor mentioned Barrel racing as one type of event.

Eleanor Leonhardts accomplishments in Table Tennis have reached truly Legendary status. Even in the last few years.  As recently as May 2012 while battling a terrible illness when her doctor told her to rest she went out the next day and won first place in the Doubles Tournament in the Toughest “A” Division.  Amazing!

Eleanors personal style in Table Tennis is self taught.  She adjusted her paddle over the years to her own “windshield wiper” technique, building up a notch on the back for greater traction for great backhands and extra torque for chops. Eleanor is really an innovator in the world of Table Tennis and has won so many trophies that all shelves are full and the overflow goes in closets and the spare rooms in her beautiful Home.  A Tennis Trophy usually is not very valuable itself but what it represents to the players is priceless.  The pinnacle of achievement in a highly skilled sport.

One of Eleanors former Doubles partners went to China and was part of the “Ping Pong Dipomacy” at that time in the early 1970’s. Eleanor had several Doubles Partners’ Men and Women and some of them are chronicled her either in the pictures or videos where she speaks of them. 

Eleanor had clubs on Long Island as long as she has lived here for more then 50 years.  Whenever she changed homes the first thing on her mind was always “Is the basement large enough for Ping Pong Tables?”.

When Eleanor was 12 she was a spotter for the Air Force. She went into a room with all adults and the idea was to be able to identify the different aircraft.  Well Eleanor knew most or all of the answers about the shape and sounds of which aircraft were which and showed up all the adults present!  She became the youngest spotter for the Air Force in World War II.

Eleanor was a self taught woman always.  She taught herself about nutrition and healing. Always studying, always learning.