Table Tennis for All



Norman Booth Centre, Elderfield, Mulberry Green, Old Harlow, Harlow, CM17 0EY. Tel: 01279 438199

TABLE TENNIS BRIDGING THE GENERATIONS

18 Apr 2014


We had a welcome and distinguished visitor at BATTS last week when George Campbell, one of our young players, invited his grandmother to see him playing during our Easter Holiday training camps. George, who will soon be 12, has only been playing for a few weeks. Grandmother Doris Campbell (nee Rivett), a youthful and sprightly 88, has somewhat longer memories of table tennis. As one of the leading players in England just after the end of the War, she played for Essex many times and partnered Johnny Leach in several matches. We all admired the box of medals that Doris brought along to show us, and the top photo shows her holding the winners medal from the ladies doubles event at the Wembley Open in 1947. The bottom photo shows her winning this medal (photo taken from the ETTA “Table Tennis” magazine from July 1947. We hope this will be an inspiration to young George, who is shown with his recent Jack Petchey Award. Doris enjoyed her visit to experience the modern version of the sport and we hope to see her again soon.