The Table Tennis England Maurice Goldstein Award for services to table tennis was presented to Nimmie Hodges by League President Olaf Newcombe and Richard Owens at the Presentation Evening on 27th June 2014.
Born in 1935, Francis Nimmie Hodges has played table tennis in Herefordshire for most of his life. A broken leg as a schoolboy and hip replacements in recent years still didn't stop him playing. He was only recently forced to give up because of failing eyesight.
As well as being a highly respected player, over the years Nimmie has been keenly involved in coaching and organisation of tournaments. An unusual contest at the annual Herefordshire County Championships bears his name and was devised by him. It is an ingenious form of handicap competition with a complex and surprisingly effective scoring system.
The Herefordshire County Table Tennis Association Committee recommended that Nimmie should receive the Maurice Goldstein Award. Nimmie served as their President for over 20 years and continues to work in promoting the sport he loves.