Andrew Baggaley named in Commonwealth Games squad

Andrew Baggaley
Andrew Baggaley

England’s most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete Andrew Baggaley will compete for his sixth table tennis medal in Glasgow.

The 31-year-old from Milton Keynes makes up one of the 10-man squad to compete at the games in Scotland next month.

Five-time medallist Andrew Baggaley will represent England for a fourth time having made his debut in 2002, the first edition of the Games to feature the sport.

Baggaley is England’s most decorated table tennis player and will be the only member of England’s 2002 squad to feature in Glasgow.

Speaking after being confirmed as a member of the team he said: “I feel honoured and extremely fortunate to yet again represent Team England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

“When table tennis made its debut as a Commonwealth Games sport on home soil at Manchester 2002 I did not think I would be competing again in 12 years’ time in Britain!

“I believe I have been successful at previous Commonwealth Games events but feel I will face the biggest challenge of my career at Glasgow 2014.”

The rest of the team is world number 56 Liam Pitchford, plus London 2012 Olympians Paul and Joanna Drinkhall and Kelly Sibley. Delhi 2010 competitors Hannah Hicks, Karina Le Fevre and Daniel Reed return whilst Tin-Tin Ho and Sam Walker both make their Commonwealth debuts.