Tony Rigby (front right) with fellow award winners

Tony honoured for lifetime’s service to table tennis

Paul Stimpson

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Preston Table Tennis Association’s Tony Rigby has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lancashire Sports Awards.

Tony has played for 55 years, coached for 40 and has also represented the city in national leagues for 50 years. Having undergone triple bypass surgery in 2008, he is classed as one of the most successful competitors ever in the history of Preston table tennis.

He had previously won the same honour at the Preston Sports Awards earlier this year.

The award was co-presented by former England international Don Parker, a former national table tennis Head Coach, in front of more than 400 guests at a ceremony hosted by Lancashire Sport Partnership at the Hilton hotel in Blackpool.

Tony Rigby with his award

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