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Name:- Andrew Baggaley
Date of Birth:- 26/02/83
Born:- Milton Keynes
Lives:- Milton Keynes
Andrew Baggaley is England's leading medal winner of all time in the Commonwealth Games winning 2 Gold Medals in Manchester, England (2002), 1 Silver Medal in Melbourne, Australia (2006), and 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal in Delhi, India (2010).
He started playing the sport with his mother Yvonne in the back garden of the family home in Milton Keynes in the Summer of 1987 aged 4 and has been coached almost exclusively by his brother Stephen Baggaley throughout his career.
At the time, his 2002 victory aged just 19 was the youngest winner of the Men’s Singles National Title for 40 years and he is still only one of 3 teenage winners of the Title.
He also became the youngest ever British Men’s Singles Champion aged 15 when he won the British Home Countries Title in Oban, Scotland (1998).
Andrew Baggaley became Britain’s youngest ever professional table tennis Player by signing terms to play for Brussels-based Belgian National League team TTC Logis Auderghem aged 13 (1996). He has subsequently played in national leagues across Europe including Germany, Sweden and Spain.
Andrew Baggaley made his England Junior International début aged 12 in the European Cadet (Under 14) Six Nations Championships in Soham (1995), and went on to win European Youth Medals at both Cadet and Junior (Under 17) categories; England’s first medals at these prestigious events for almost a decade.
He made his England Senior International début at the French Open in 1997 aged 14 and also represented England at the 44th World Table Tennis Championships in Manchester, England later that year.
Baggaley has won 23 English National Junior titles and has been ranked England No1 in every age group (Under 10,11,12,14,17,21) culminating in becoming England No1 Senior aged 20 (2003), the youngest at the time for 20 years.
Baggaley has defeated many world-class players from both Europe and Asia including victories over Peter Karlsson (Sweden) and Jean-Michel Saive (Belgium) both former European Singles Champion, Chiang Peng-Lung (Chinese Taipei) the former Asian Singles Champion, Gao Ning (Singapore) the Asian Cup champion and Jorgen Persson (Sweden) the 1991 World Champion.
Andrew Baggaley was selected to play in the Team GB Table Tennis team at the London 2012 Olympics.
(Courtesy of www.andrewbaggaley.com)
Key Olympic Dates
Sat July 28th – Thu Aug 2nd