Tuesday 8th March signifies International Women’s Day around the world, which encourages people to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against gender bias, and take action for equality.
On Tuesday 8th March we will be holding a Women and Girls webinar at 7pm, featuring an excellent panel of influential women that break the bias in our sport every day.
The webinar will be focused around our future Women & Girls vision for table tennis, and how we can all contribute to breaking the bias on our journey to gender parity.
It will consist of a panel discussion and then a Q&A session.
Panel: Dr Emma Vickers, Veronica Anglin, Demi Reid, Amanda Worne
Dr Emma Vickers has been involved in the sport for nearly 25 years, she is a former senior international player, a current non-executive director at Table Tennis England, and the National Lead for Research at the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme.
Veronica Anglin is a table tennis coach around the South of England. Her main coaching is in local schools and colleges and she works with boys and girls from the age of eight.
She says: “My main aim is to help develop our young in this very active sport from within the school system as most schools/colleges have a table tennis table. Getting our children to participate in this sport can lead to great rewards.
“I would love to be part of their journey and help them to develop their skills and show them the potential and the steps they will need to become champions.
“As a coach, I am always learning and adapting different ways to make this sport fun, challenging and rewarding both for me and our students.”
Demi is a recent graduate from the University of East Anglia and now a Full-time employee at Table Tennis England as the Customer Service and Projects Administrator.
Demi has previously competed in several table tennis competitions including BUCS, and even managed to come second place at the National Schools Team Finals after winning the three-rounds prior.
Demi has also had interests in other sports like football where she coached and managed and was able to complete her Level 1 Certificate.
Her aims for the future of sport is to make a difference in Female participation especially in table tennis.
Amanda suffered a near fatal cycling accident in 2015 which left her paralysed from the hips down.
She spent six months at Stoke Mandeville, a spinal unit which is home to the Paralympics, which is where she discovered table tennis as a great way of forgetting her disability and relieving stress.
She says: “I stopped playing when I left hospital but have recently kindled my love for the sport again and play as often as I can and belong to the Worthing Table Tennis League.
“I’m also going to train to become a level 1 coach and hopefully bring the love of table tennis to other Disabled People.
“Table tennis can be enjoyed and played by anyone and I want to be involved as much as possible in helping this inclusion happen especially with minority groups in the sport such as women girls and those with disabilities.”