VETERAN CHAMPION OPENS TABLE-TENNIS ACADEMY IN PENARTH

The legendary table tennis star George Evans is setting up an academy in Penarth

The legendary table tennis star George Evans is setting up an academy in Penarth

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.

Veteran table tennis champion George Evans in action

Veteran table tennis champion George Evans in action

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”.

 

 

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