Familiar face Walker takes honours at racket-a-thon
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