Bexhillians Table Tennis club is one of the oldest established table tennis clubs in the area.
Members of the Hastings & District Table Tennis League, the club is currently the largest club in the organisation in terms of both competitive teams and players.
Jason Ward recently became the first person to receive the Roger Gillett Award in recognition of excellence. Roger was the heart and soul of Bexhillians Table Tennis Club which he ran for over 60 years. Jason began playing table tennis socially, inspired by his father. He contacted Bexhillians TTC last year and, after receiving coaching, he was given the goal and aim by his coach to become the first wheelchair user to play in the Hastings and District table tennis league and see if he could compete against able bodied opponents and maybe win a match.
He actually won 12 single matches and 8 doubles and also took part in a British Para Table Tennis event at Waterside in Southampton where he became runner- up in the doubles event. He is currently preparing for his second season in Division 3. Jason was presented with this award by his coach and club secretary Trevor Towner.
Two other junior members from the club were picked to represent Sussex. 17 year old Martin Kapusta and 12 year old Emily Koester played in the same team and played for Sussex B against Surrey, Dorset and Sussex A. Emily played up an age group and both players will also make appearances in the Hastings and District table tennis league for Bexhillians TTC.
Anyone who wants any further information about table tennis should contact Trevor Towner on 07854670683 or paulwhite@bexhill youth and community centre.co.uk. Telephone number 01424 215455. The centre is based at 10 Station Road , Bexhill. TN40 1RE and there are opportunities for people of all ages and ability to play table tennis.
Bexhillians Table Tennis Club currently have 40 players and 9 teams in the Hastings and District Table Tennis League and are looking for a shirt sponsor; anyone who can help should also contact Trevor Towner.
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Picture of Jason Ward & Trevor Towner by Diane Webb