Alan Hydes

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Alan Hydes

Fellow’s Profile

Alan Hydes

Playing of table tennis and improve personal performance

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Fellowship year

1971

Locality

South East

Biography

I started playing table tennis in 1961 at age 12, at Barnsley Boys Club with my brother Michael. The following year I entered my first tournament – the South Yorkshire Open – and won it. In September 1963, I was awarded most promising player of the year by Johnny Leach, twice winner of the world men's singles championship. In 1964 I became the youngest player to represent the England junior team, and in 1967 I made my debut for the England senior team. I went on to visit 52 countries and win four Commonwealth gold medals. I represented England in over 100 matches and in three World and three European Championships. In 1971, through my Fellowship I travelled to Japan, and in the following year, to China. I was appointed international table tennis coach by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) to conduct seminars worldwide, and in 1971, along with representatives of the United States and Australia, I toured China on a Ping-Pong Diplomacy tour, when 20,000 spectators watched matches. I was appointed Marketing Director of Table Tennis Dunlop Sports in 1976, and in 1987 founded Lionsport UK, with my wife June as director. Our son Paul is a financial accountant, and our daughter Theresa is a gastroenterologist – her husband Jason is an ENT surgeon. We have two grandchildren – Ethan and Max.

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editorial

October 2023 Fellow's update: Alan Hydes

Alan Hydes (CF 1971) was invited to the Chinese Embassy to celebrate the 50th anniversary ping pong diplomacy to celebrate the the 74th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. For his Fellowship Alan travelled to Japan and China to explore the playing of table tennis and improve his personal performance.

By Alan Hydes, 2023

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All Reports are copyright © the author. The moral right of the author has been asserted. The views and opinions expressed by any Fellow are those of the Fellow and not of the Churchill Fellowship or its partners, which have no responsibility or liability for any part of them.

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editorial

October 2023 Fellow's update: Alan Hydes

Alan Hydes (CF 1971) was invited to the Chinese Embassy to celebrate the 50th anniversary ping pong diplomacy to celebrate the the 74th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. For his Fellowship Alan travelled to Japan and China to explore the playing of table tennis and improve his personal performance.

By Alan Hydes, 2023

Disclaimer

All Reports are copyright © the author. The moral right of the author has been asserted. The views and opinions expressed by any Fellow are those of the Fellow and not of the Churchill Fellowship or its partners, which have no responsibility or liability for any part of them.

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