An 80-year-old Welsh table-tennis phenomenon – the former Wales international table-tennis competitor George Evans – is launching a new table tennis academy in Penarth.
The new “Penarth Table Tennis Academy” is offering weekly sessions for both juniors and seniors which are being held at every Friday from 18:00 to 19:00 at St Cyres School at on the Penarth Learning Academy Campus.
At the age of 80 Mr Evans – a former Barry dock-worker – can look back on a highly successful career, not only representing his country in table-tennis, but also as a footballer. He played for the Wales under-18s against England (scoring the Welsh goal) and was signed in the 1950s for Barry Town at a salary of £5 a week …plus a generous £2 bonus if Barry won.
Despite two knee replacements, Mr Evans is still a formidable player. Back in 1951 he was the Welsh Junior Table Tennis Champion and – more than half a century later – won the 2005 European Veterans’ Table Tennis Championships in Bratislava. The silverware just keeps on coming – despite his advancing years .
On the new Penarth Table Tennis Academy Mr Evans says ”We are delighted to offer children the unique opportunity to learn and develop their table tennis skills in a fun and safe environment.”
On a personal note he admits what the rest of us might have already shrewdly guessed – that he just loves playing sport . “I can’t not be active” he says “I deserve to have bad knees”.