Top National Award for Local Volunteer
Pat Johnson from Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club has been awarded the Pride of Table Tennis National volunteer of the year award from Table Tennis England. Pat who was invited to the National Championships in Nottingham to watch the best players in England and the world compete for the national title. During the finals Pat and the other two finalists were invited out to centre court and the winner announced.
Pat said: “It was an absolute honour. Table tennis has been my passion since I was a youngster and I just hope my enthusiasm and commitment can empower women, girls – and anyone else on the planet – to take a small step through a club’s door and find out what happens inside and how great it is to play this sport. I had such a wonderful time over the weekend and I was so well looked after. I was absolutely delighted to be able to watch those players on that table, it was fantastic. I’ve never been that close to them. Everywhere I went during the weekend everyone, even the professionals, all gave me a welcome.”
“as a club were delighted for Pat” Matt Porter club chair “this award is just a small token of our appreciation for all of Pats hard work and enthusiasm within club, this award is truly deserved, we couldn’t run the same without Pat”