A Milton Keynes table tennis star has been given a golden reception to honour his record-breaking Commonwealth Games performance.
Andrew Baggaley was officially presented with a four year free coach pass by National Express at an event yesterday to celebrate Team England’s success at the Glasgow Games.
The transport company also brought its unique gold liveried coach to the event to celebrate Andrew’s performance as he became Team England’s highest table tennis medallist of all time at the Glasgow Games.
Andrew who lives in the Bradville area of Milton Keynes, won a silver medal at the games - his sixth Commonwealth Games medal - making him Team England’s most decorated table tennis player ever.
Team England meanwhile topped the medal table for the first time since 1986 with 58 gold, 59 silver, 57 bronze medals - 174 in total.
At the event at which 60 athletes celebrated the team’s stellar medal haul, Andrew Baggaley thanked National Express for its support since the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010.
The 31-year-old athlete has enjoyed four years free travel on the national coach network while he prepared for Glasgow, and yesterday he was presented with a new four year pass to award him for his success.
Andrew said his coach pass is invaluable as he relies on it to travel to the airport when training and competing abroad for both club and country.
He said: “I was delighted with my silver medal in Glasgow which was the fruit of careful preparation, training and support from my team.
“The National Express coach pass has been a great help because travel costs are such a big part of my budget – so I’d like to say a big thank you to them.”
The event included speeches from the Lord Mayor of London and CGE Chairman Sir Andrew Foster MBE.
National Express has supported the English athletes by offering all medal winners from the previous games in Delhi free travel until the Games.
In the run up to the Glasgow games, National Express extended its free travel offer to the friends and families of athletes during the games, so they could see their loved ones compete.