ANDREW Baggaley faces the biggest test of his career at the Olympic Games this summer – trying to lead Great Britain’s table tennis team to home glory against the might of the Chinese.
The 29-year-old from Milton Keynes is Britain’s leading medal winner in the sport when it comes to the Commonwealth Games, but in London his three-man team will take on far stronger opposition, including Japan and South Korea.
But after helping his country to team silver in India two years ago – having also won individual bronze – Baggaley thinks anything is possible, and is even backing GB to nick bronze if they play to the best of their ability.
“You have to be realistic,” he said. “But all of us, on our day, have beaten top players, so if we have a great day we have a little chance of a medal.”
“We’re on home soil, we have the advantage of the crowd. We’d have to play out of our skins to do it, probably the best we’ve ever played – but it’s possible.
“We’re maybe like a Tottenham Hotspur. We can beat everybody, but also we can lose. We’re coming up as a nation.”
>> Baggaley is pictured above at The Silk Road Restaurant where he and his family were treated to a complimentary meal and drinks on Saturday.