23rd Anniversary Party and Annual Awards - 21 November 2019
Awards for Steve, Lucie and Rachael
Cippenham Table Tennis Club celebrated the twenty-third anniversary of the opening of its purpose-built table tennis centre with a party and awards presentation this week. The evening was presided over by Club Chairman Ken Phillips and Club Secretary Graham Trimming who began by presenting chocolate gifts to the Club’s many volunteers.
Ken then addressed the gathering, extolling the virtues of the strong volunteer force at the Club at present and praising the recent upgrading of the lounge area. On the playing front, the junior section is also very buoyant at the moment. Ken travels the country with the junior players and often hears very kind remarks about Cippenham Table Tennis Club and its premises as being one of the very best in the country.
The first of the main presentations was for the Junior Player of the Year, an award that perpetuates the names of Alan Farral and Terry Boxall, former coaches at the Club who have since sadly passed on. This year the award went to the Club’s highly promising young player Rachael Iles. 12-years old Rachael has made such good progress in the past year that she surpassed expectations by finishing as runner-up in the National Under-12 Cup last season 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 second presentation was for the Senior Player of the Year. This year the winner was Lucie Bouron who, unfortunately, was not able to be present to collect her award. 24 years-old Lucie is an established member of the Great Britain para team where she displays her immense skills from the confines of a wheelchair. She also assists with the elite coaching sessions, using her speed to help with the most promising younger girls.
The main event on such an evening is the presentation of the Karen Mitchell Outstanding Contribution Award. This award marks outstanding contributions from rank and file members of the Club outside of the list of Officers. It is dedicated to those individuals who have given outstanding service to the Club and whose contributions might otherwise remain unrecognised.
This year the award was presented to Steve Piercey. Steve is one of a number of parents who are becoming increasingly helpful in a number of ways around the Club. He is often seen at weekend events, assisting the organisers in various capacities and is a mainstay of the group of people who meet on a Friday evening to set up for those weekend events.