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City of Liverpool Junior 4 Star tournament
The City of Liverpool Junior Open followed hot on the heels of the opening
senior Grand Prix of the season held during the third week in August.
Staging such prestigious events during the same season, is quite an
achievement for any league, but staging them within fifty days of each
other, is, I'm sure most will agree, a tall order.
This, it goes without saying, is a big responsibility, and many factors
have to be taken into consideration when deciding to do so, the driving force
behind it was the input and dedication shown by the late Ken Armson. Ken
led the way in convincing the League's Management Committee, that it
could, and should, be done, Ken lived for the sport and it's testimony to
his name, that we stand here,
carrying out his wishes and aspirations for the future of the sport and,
in particular, a top class junior event. Ken's input in the sport both
nationally and in Liverpool, will never be forgotten, and it is fitting to
mention the involvement of Ken's loving partner, Faith Moore, who was
again in action over the two days, and, as part of her 'duties',
welcomed every player to the tournament as they checked in.
Of course, it has been said on numerous occasions, in notes such as these,
that our sport could not continue, in a meaningful way, without the
financial assistance, of so many generous organisations.
Here, in Liverpool, we have enjoyed a tremendous relationship with
Liverpool City Council who, for many years has provided the Tennis Centre
for the two open tournaments, as well as the annual Liverpool Closed
championships. It may seem to many, that this is not unusual, but, in
these days of financial constraint, their continuing support of Table
Tennis, is most encouraging, for without it, at least one of these events
would, almost certainly, not take place, for that, the League is most
grateful to Dick Johnson, from the City of Liverpool Sports and
Development Unit, and all his staff, for all the behind the scenes work they undertake.
Finally, thanks also to Referee David Cochrane and all others who
may have helped in any way over the weekend. ;
Liverpool & District Table Tennis League
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