12-year-old George Campbell won a Jack Petchey Achievement Award for the commitment he has shown in developing his proficiency in table tennis, despite only playing the sport for several weeks! The youngster is a member of the BATTS club in Harlow, and was nominated for his enthusiasm for the sport by his coaches at the club.
George is following in some illustrious footsteps – his Grandmother Doris was one of the leading players in England in the post-war era! She played for Essex and was also a doubles partner of Johnny Leach, the last English player to crowned World Singles Champion back in 1951.
George invited Doris, 88, to see him play during the Easter Holiday training camps. She brought along a box of old souvenirs to show the young players at BATTS including her winner’s medal from the ladies doubles event at the Wembley Open in 1947 (pictured).
BATTS coach Graham Frankel said, “We all admired the medals Doris brought to show us and we hope she will be an inspiration to George. She enjoyed her visit to experience the modern version of the sport and we hope to see her again soon!”
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