Don Parker

Don Parker elected to Table Tennis England Board

Paul Stimpson

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Don Parker has been elected to fill the vacancy of Elected Deputy Chairman on the Table Tennis England Board.

An election was called following the sad death of Charlie Childs and the vote and count were carried out electronically as the office is closed at present because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Votes were cast by Company Members and the ballot result was as follows:

  • Don Parker 214
  • Darren Morgan 91

Don joins Tony Catt and Susie Venner as the Elected Deputy Chairmen on the Board. He will take up his position immediately and will serve until the AGM in 2023.

Don represented England in table tennis more than 200 times and went on to work at Commonwealth Games England as Sports Director for 21 years between 1997 and 2018, playing an active role in six Commonwealth Games and six Commonwealth Youth Games.

Don was also the national coach for the then English Table Tennis Association, and worked within the governing body for 18 years in a variety of performance-related positions.

Don and his wife Jill – the Table Tennis England President – are well known by our members, attending numerous events around the country. Don is also an authoritative TV commentator and has commentated from a raft of international events as well as our own Senior National Championships.

He served with distinction as the European representative on the Commonwealth Games Federation Sports Committee, and was recognised for his outstanding service to sport by being awarded the Commonwealth Sport Order of Merit 2019.

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