I have played table tennis since childhood, including in local leagues in Durham, Reigate, Stockton and Oxford, and for Oxfordshire County Veterans. I do talks on the lighter side of table tennis, have written a “table tennis novel”, am a licenced table tennis coach, and married my university table tennis doubles partner. So the sport has always been part of my life.
In 2014, I took on the new, voluntary role of Development Officer for the Oxford & District Table Tennis Association. I work a lot with other organisations and individuals, both local and national, making connections and promoting the social and health benefits of table tennis. These include Table Tennis England, Age UK Oxfordshire, KEEN Oxford, and Oxford City Council’s Ping! Oxford programme.
I was honoured to receive Table Tennis England regional and nationalVolunteer of the Year awards in 2019 for my efforts introducing new competitive formats and increasing social table tennis opportunities in Oxford. I’m particularly pleased to have helped so many older people to enjoy table tennis.
With others, I formed Oxford Community Table Tennis Club in January 2019. It’s a new, inclusive Premier table tennis club which runs several weekly social sessions, fields teams in the Oxford league, and organises events.