End of season awards

The first award to be presented on the 13th May was the Len Barton Junior Trophy Merit Award. This award is awarded to a junior in the Colchester & District Table Tennis League who shows great determination, represents Colchester at county level and has great respect for the game at a young age. After three candidates were whittled down to two, the tournament committee had a tough decision on their hands. Both players had played over 100 matches in the league last season, and they had represented Colchester in the Nation Junior League at Stowupland. They also showed great performances at the closed tournament at Tollgate. After much deliberation, the tournament committee decided to award the Len Barton trophy to Lewis Bardell of Rowhedge TTC. Lewis also received a table tennis bat to the value of £60.

Next up was the Florence Birbeck Junior Merit Trophy award. To be awarded this, the player must be a junior who shows an interest playing table tennis and is keen to improve their ability. With almost 40 juniors in Colchester playing the sport, it was another extremely difficult category. Playing their first season in Division Four, the player achieved a winning percentage of 70%. This is an extremely incredible feat by a young player who had played very little competitive matches beforehand. Their first Essex Ranking Trials saw them achieve a very credible 7th place in the Under-13s group. The winner of this award was Jared Chelski of Rowhedge TTC.

The final award of the evening was the Myrtle Fisher Trophy. This award is awarded to a person who has promoted the sport of table tennis locally, either through a club, or the league directly. The person does not have to be an active player. The winner of this award is a huge supporter of the Colchester league and has been part of the league for many years. His thoughtful opinions are always well received and has incredible respect throughout all of the players. The winner of the Myrtle Fisher award was Mick Buckley.

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