Watford’s Sally Bax wins table tennis championship gold
A Watford woman has won a gold medal in a European Over-80 Championships table tennis competition.
Sally Bax, from West Watford, spent her life competing in table tennis with her late husband Geoffrey Bax.
In July, she won gold in the WS80 class at the European Veterans Championships in Rimini, Italy.
The table tennis veteran also won silver in doubles.
Although she lost the first match of her singles final 11-2 to France’s Michelle from Santa Barbara, the champion managed to win the next two matches 11-7 and 13-11.
In her last match, she won 11-9.
Following her victory, she was declared Honorary Vice-President of the Veterans English Table Tennis Society (VETTS).
She is described as a “longtime staunch supporter” of VETTS and a “popular and highly respected personality”.
In total, she has won 11 European and world medals, including three gold medals and the national champion in 2019.
Mrs Bax married her husband Geoffrey in 1978, who had played seventy consecutive seasons in Watford’s table tennis league since the age of 16.
In an obituary to Geoffrey following his death last year, long-time friend Stuart Seaholm said: “It was about a marriage with table tennis as well as with each other.
“Together they played across the country – and sometimes overseas – making friends in table tennis communities wherever they went.
“Matches on weekdays, tournaments on weekends, holidays in European competitions, you would know what Geof and Sally were doing in the table tennis calendar.”
Councilor Nigel Bell was delighted to hear of Ms Bax’s achievements and said: ‘I know Sally Bax has been well regarded by many families in West Watford and beyond for many years.
“She ran the pre-school nursery attached to the Holy Trinity Methodist Church in Whippendell Road which was so popular.
“I’m sure it would be a pleasure for many to see that Sally has achieved recognition in another area and very fitting that she has continued the tradition of success in international table tennis that her late husband, Geoffrey Bax, has so successful.”
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