Fa­mil­iar face Walker takes hon­ours at racket-a-thon

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A FA­MIL­IAR if not old face took the hon­ours at Che­sham 1879 Ten­nis & Squash Club’s first ever racket-a-thon.

Sam Walker be­gan play­ing squash as a ju­nior at the club be­fore mov­ing onto univer­sity in Sh­effield, where he built on this early suc­cess to com­pete at county and na­tional club level.

How­ever, when the club an­nounced the idea of a racket-a-thon, a com­pe­ti­tion in­volv­ing four sports – squash, ta­ble-ten­nis, ten­nis and rack­et­ball where points won in each match con­trib­ute to an over­all score – Walker could not re­sist head­ing south to his old stomp­ing ground.

Af­ter duly clean­ing up to take the men’s ti­tle he was al­ready con­sid­er­ing the prospect of de­fend­ing it in 12 months’ time.

He said: “I was very pleased to be in­vited back to Che­sham 1879 to take part in this com­pe­ti­tion. It has been a re­ally en­joy­able day and I hope that I will have the chance to come back again next year to de­fend the ti­tle.”

Paul Grif­fiths was run­ner-up in the men’s event, while John Tay­lor and David Rolls were the other semi­fi­nal­ists.

The ladies’ ti­tle was won by Ta­mara Fer­gu­son, who came from be­hind in the last rack­et­ball match to de­feat Alyson Ben­nett.

Tour­na­ment or­gan­iser Rolls con­firmed the club are al­ready mak­ing plans to run an­other racket-athon in the fu­ture.

He said “The racket-a-thon for­mat turned out to be a great lev­eller and made the day a spe­cial so­cial and sport­ing suc­cess for the club and all those who took part.

“It was a good ‘opener’ to the sum­mer sea­son and some­thing that we will be re­peat­ing in the years ahead. I would like to thank lo­cal devel­op­ers, Lax­ton Prop­er­ties, for pre­sent­ing the new tro­phy and sup­port­ing the event.”

Next on the agenda for Che­sham 1879 is the club open day on May 14, where non-mem­bers are wel­come to go along and try ten­nis, squash and rack­et­ball with the club mem­bers and the coaches. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the Club can be found on their web­site www.che­sham1879.co.uk.

‘En­joy­able day’: Che­sham 1879 Racket-a-Thon play­ers (from left) Paul Grif­fiths, John Tay­lor, Sam Walker, Ta­mara Fer­gu­son and David

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