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Ping! Personality of the Year

October 7, 2015 to November 30, 1999

Ping! Personality of the Year!

There are many unsung heroes out there in Ping!land - people who invest a huge amount of their spare time, enthusiasm, energy and emotion into helping 'mind' tables, running events and competitions, coaching .. the list goes on.  We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you; without people like you Ping! would not be the success that it is.

With this in mind we asked cities to nominate their Ping! heroes for a Ping! Personality of the Year Award - and the short list of worthy candidates was as follows:

Dave PeacockDave Peacock  Francesca from Nottingham CC nominated Dave Peacock who she says was an 'amazing volunteer!'. Dave visited many of the tables in Nottingham numerous times a week; every week; to check they are stocked up with equipment and to encourage people to play on them. His dedication to promoting Ping! has been second to none and Dave’s help has been invaluable to the smooth running of Ping! in Nottingham. Thanks Dave, you can justifiably be as 'Proud as a Peacock' at your nomination.

 

 

Kev buddell  Chris Brown nominated Kev Buddell on behalf of Ping! Plymouth.  Chris says "I would like to give an honourable mention to Kev Buddell, chairman of Joola Plymouth TTC, he and his club volunteers have really gone on a journey during the Ping! project, and totally embraced the parlour and all it did for people and the community. They committed huge amounts of time, resources, and emotion into the parlour, helping to make it a welcoming, lively and warm environment". The Plymouth parlour was a real hit for the people of Plymouth, it received over 23,000 people through its doors over the 8 weeks it was open! Massive vote of thanks therefore to Kev and everyone else at Joola Plymouth, Ping! needs ping pong pioneers like you! Here's Kev (on the left in orange), Paul Whiting is the one giving him the bunny ears....

 

Nick Pringuer   Nick was nominated by Claire of Ping! Brighton & Hove.  Claire told us "Nick has spent the last 3 summers running the very successful Ping! Brighton and Hove social media accounts.  Making videos of every event and getting the word out about Ping! things happening acrross the city. Nick and his partner Jo have been successful in getting local businesses to sponsor Ping! with prizes worth over £2000 including restaurant vouchers, sound systems and tickets for local attractions. They have pitched Ping! to these businesses as "The Best Free Event in the World!" Brighton Table Tennis Club and Ping! have given them something to really get involved with and contribute their brilliant energy and enthusiasm to. They have really made it work this year and Ping! players who have won prizes have been delighted." Nick seems to spend most his time behind the camera and not in front so photos of him are few and far between, but here he is doing his best 'Usain Bolt'! 

 

John willis Nominated by Ping! Cambridge, John is the founder and CEO of Power2Inspire an organisation which helps disabled and able bodied people to come together in sport. John and his team are taking on a Road2Rio challenge where they are tackling as many of the summer Olympic and Paralympic sports as possible in one year. Born without fully formed limbs John has had a special arm made to hold a table tennis bat, and so enjoyed his Ping! experience he's looking to join a club!  For more information on John visit http://power2inspire.org.uk/ping-at-parkside/

 

 

george Shepherd Since George signed up as a Ping! volunteer he's worked tirelessly on the launch event, put in lots of hours in the ping pong parlour, helped at various events including shop_Ping! at Drake Circus, been a table minder in Keyham, led table tennis sessions for the Doorstep Sports Club, ran a Ping! competition at Keyham's summer fete and not content with just organising - he's played in all the tournaments too (not sure if he won any of them!) Massive vote of thanks goes to George from Ping Plymouth.  Now Ping! is over, George (who previous to Ping! had no connection to table tennis whatsoever) is continuing to run his sessions at the Doorstep Sports Club - a true community hero.

 

And the winner is ................

GEORGE SHEPHERD!

Pictured here with his winner's trophy and certificate - well done George!

And a massive well done and thanks to all our nominees it was a very difficult decision as you are all heroes in our eyes!