TABLE TENNIS - HALL OF FAME
Jackie Williams’ world tour – the Blue Badge umpire and her four decades of table tennis volunteering around the globe. Jackie Williams is one of the world’s top and most experienced international Blue Badge umpires – and she has to thank her son Geraint for what was an unplanned and unexpected introduction to a sport that has ultimately changed her life for the good.
Peter started playing at his local Scout’s hall in Essex. Two years later, he entered the Boy of the Week tournament at Butlin’s – but unluckily George ‘Chester’ Barnes, who was to become an English table tennis champion and England’s number one player in the 1960s and 1970s, was also on holiday there at the time! But patience and practice paid off, and a few years later Peter did become Boy of the Week, and was invited to the Boy of the Year finals at the Butlin’s resort in Bognor Regis.
In the subsequent eight decades since he won his first table tennis tournament as a teenager, George Evans has played the game in 35 countries – playing in three World Championships, becoming European champion and winning 27 major Welsh titles. Table tennis has been his life, and there is no one more experienced, knowledgeable and passionate about the game to hold the post of President of the Table Tennis Association of Wales.
If you grew up in and around Cardiff and Bridgend from 1988 onwards, the chances are that you would have encountered Regina Grech (then Donovan and nicknamed Stevie, owing to her middle name Stefanie) at some point on the table tennis scene.
Table tennis has taken Ron Davies around the world – as far afield as Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur and Delhi – and he’s held the most senior of roles at Table Tennis Wales, most notably Finance Director, Director of Competitions/Performance and now Vice President. It’s all the more extraordinary when you consider that Ron was introduced to the game in the most modest of ways – undertaking the most fatherly of duties by taking his daughters to play at their local club.
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