Published: 06:00, 24 May 2014 |
Updated: 12:01, 24 May 2014
Pamela Butcher was adamant she didn’t want any fuss made about her winning three titles at the Gravesend & District Closed Table Tennis Championships but she certainly warrants plenty.
The 84-year-old won the ladies’ singles, ladies’ doubles and mixed doubles but it is her success in being crowned singles champion which is a remarkable story.
Butcher first won the title 62 years earlier – when she was just 22 in 1952!
And this time, she beat someone 30 years younger in the final.
Butcher said: “There were a lot more players and the tournament was much bigger when I first won it all those years ago.”
But it’s not only the Gravesend & District Closed Table Tennis Championship that Butcher has won over the years.
She has also won World and European veterans titles – impressive given that table tennis was not her favourite sport in her younger days.
Butcher was a tennis player until she got hooked on the game – at work. She said: “I always played a lot of tennis but they had a table tennis table and team at work and the captain suggested I try it. I had a go and liked it.”
Read the full story in this week's Gravesend Messenger
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