Burnham & District Table Tennis League Awards Night Highlights

Table Tennis League Celebrates Successful Season with Prestigious Awards

The Burnham & District Table Tennis League recently held its annual Presentation Evening, recognizing the outstanding achievements of its members throughout the season. The event was a resounding success, attracting a large and enthusiastic crowd of table tennis enthusiasts.

League President Peter Ballard presided over the ceremony, handing out prizes and trophies to the deserving winners. Compere for the evening was League Chairman Alan Dadswell, who skillfully guided the proceedings.

One of the highlights of the night was the dominance of the junior players, with Peter Harverson, Harrison Hill, and Harry Chivers sweeping the junior events and even winning some of the open competitions. Their remarkable performances have undoubtedly set the stage for a bright future in the sport.

In the ladies’ events, the dynamic duo of Dawn Baldry and Shirley Carroll continued to make their mark, winning the Ladies’ Doubles title. Shirley, in particular, has established herself as a force to be reckoned with, having now won the event a staggering 15 times, with her first victory dating back to 1975.

The Veterans’ Doubles event saw the familiar pairing of Duncan Taylor and Kevin Read emerging victorious for the sixth time as a duo.

In the main singles events, Dawn Baldry claimed the Ladies’ Singles title, while Reece Seddon successfully defended his Open Singles crown. Both finals went the distance, showcasing the high level of competition and the determination of the champions.

The league events were equally thrilling, with St Lawrence A taking the Division 3 title, and Woodham C dominating the Division 2 competition, remaining undefeated throughout the season. The Division 1 title was won by Woodham A, a historic achievement for the club, as it marked the first time in 20 years that neither Fambridge nor Mapledene had claimed the top prize.

The prestigious Division 1 Player of the Year and Peter Ballard Cup was awarded to Duncan Taylor of Cold Norton, recognized for his outstanding contributions.

The evening also saw the posthumous presentation of the Presidents Trophy, which was awarded to the late Martin Knights for his 25 years of service as the League Finance Officer. His son, John Knights, paid a touching tribute to his father’s unwavering dedication to the sport and the league he loved.

“The Burnham & District Table Tennis League Presentation Evening was a resounding success, celebrating the exceptional talent and sportsmanship displayed by its members throughout the season. The event served as a testament to the vibrant and thriving table tennis community in the region.”

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