Derek Thompson

The new Hinckley Table Tennis season is about to get under way, once again there will be two Division s with twenty one teams participating. The start of the season has however been overshadowed by some awful news about a couple of local players. The League & the George Ward Club has lost on of its long serving players in the past couple of weeks with the news that Derek Thompson had passed away after a short illness. Derek played for nearly forty years in the Nuneaton and for over twenty years in the Hinckley League. He represented Nuneaton Vetts on many occasions and along with team mates Roger Hill , Leigh Morris and Mark Perkins  collected Division One League titles with both Ashby road Sports and George Ward Clubs. He worked for many years at Churchill’s Engineering in Market Bosworth. He will be greatly missed and our condolences go out to his family. His funeral will take place on Friday14th September at Nuneaton Crematorium at 4pm.

Sadly there was more bad news a few days ago when for Cat player Dael Sidwell was involved in a terrible accident close to the Milestone pub, he was severely injured with a broken pelvis and his condition is currently stable but critical. We wish Dael a speedy recovery from his injuries.

On a more positive note congratulations to Hinckley’s Eileen Shaler who reached the quarter finals of the World Veterans WS70  in Las Vegas in June. Well done Eileen.

With e league about to commence a couple of teams have opportunities for new players so if anyone would like to be involved please contact League Secretary Jan Pinchess on 01455440054 for more information.

The Coaching on both youngsters and more mature players continues at several venues around the district.  Junior Coaching at G Ward Centre Barwell on Mondays from 3.45 -5.45 for more info contact Mike Holt 0754547680, mixed groups also on Mondays from 7pm at Barlestone Primary School contact Russ Pettitt 01455 822184, All age at Market Bosworth Sports and Social Club on Tuesdays –more info from Brian Kinsella 07974447629 and on Friday evenings at Sport in Desford –contact Andy Wright -07748251546.


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