A Watford woman collected a gold medal in a over-80s European championships table tennis competition.

Sally Bax, from West Watford, has spent her life competing in table tennis competitions with her late husband Geoffrey Bax.

In July, she took gold in the WS80 category at the European Veterans’ Championships in Rimini, Italy.

The veteran table tennis player also won silver in the doubles.

Although she lost the first game of her singles final 11-2 against Michelle de Santa Barbara of France, the champion managed to win the next two games 11-7 and 13-11.

In her final game, she won 11-9.

Watford Observer: Sally Bax has a successful history with table tennis. Credit: UGCSally Bax has a successful history with table tennis. Credit: UGC

Following her victory, she was declared the Veterans English Table Tennis Society (VETTS) honorary vice president.

She is described as a “long-time loyal supporter” of the VETTS and a “popular and hugely respected personality”.

Overall, she has won 11 European and world medals, including three golds and the national champion in 2019.

Mrs Bax married her husband Geoffrey in 1978, who had played seventy consecutive seasons in the Watford table tennis league since the age of 16.


In an obituary to Geoffrey after his death last year, long-time friend Stuart Seaholm said: “Theirs was a marriage to table tennis as well as each other.

“Together they played their way around the country – and occasionally overseas – making friends in the table tennis communities wherever they went.

"Weekday matches, weekend tournaments, holidays to European competitions, you’d know what Geof and Sally were up to from the table tennis calendar.”

Councillor Nigel Bell took pleasure in hearing Mrs Bax’s achievements and said: “I know that Sally Bax is well thought of by many families from West Watford and beyond because for many years.

“She ran the pre-school nursery attached to the Holy Trinity Methodist church in Whippendell Road that was so popular.

“I am sure it would be a delight to many to see that Sally has got recognition in another field and very fitting that she has kept up the tradition of success in international table tennis that her late husband, Geoffrey Bax, was so successful in.”

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