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Cippenham Table Tennis Club celebrate 23rd anniversary with awards night

Mohammad Ilyas

Cippenham Table Tennis Club celebrated the 23rd anniversary of the opening of its purpose built centre with a party and awards presentation last week.

The evening, which was presided over by club chairman Ken Phillips and club secretary Graham Trimming, began with an address that extolled the virtues of its strong volunteer force and praised the recent refurbishment of the club’s lounge area.

Ken also spoke glowingly of the junior section which is also very buoyant at the moment.

The first award of the night was for Junior Player of the Year, and is in memory of former coaches Alan Farral and Terry Boxall who have sadly passed on. This year it was awarded to Rachael Iles, a highly promising 12-year-old who has made great strides in the sport over the past 12 months and finished runner up in the National u12s Cup.

“She has made such good progress in the past year that she’s surpassed expectations by finishing runner up in the National u12s Cup,” said Graham.  “Against all the very best that England has to offer in that age group. Rachael is one of a group of girls at Cippenham with very bright futures in the game.”

The Senior Player of the Year Award went to Lucie Bouron who, unfortunately, was not able to collect her award in person. The 24-year-old has become an established member of Great Britain’s para team and displays incredible skills at the table despite the confines of her wheelchair. She also assists with the elite coaching sessions, using her talent and experience to help with the most promising younger girls.

The main event of the evening, the Karen Mitchell Outstanding Contribution Award, was presented to Steve Piercey. The award highlights the invaluable contributions made by the club’s rank and file members. It is dedicated to those whose contributions might otherwise remain unrecognised.

Steve is one of a number of parents who has become increasingly helpful in a number of ways. He is often seen at weekend events, assisting organisers in various capacities and is a mainstay of a group who meet on Fridays to set up the club for weekend competitions.

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