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The Sheffield Table Tennis Championships, sponsored by Redtooth, celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.

It will be will be staged at the English Institute of Sport on Sunday, April 8.

It is hoped that female players in particular will lend their support as they number a mere 12 percent of the table tennis population.

With projects running nationally such as “This Girl Can”, designed to encourage increased female participation in sport, it is hoped the tournament will be embraced by our clutch of fine female players who regularly grace the Sheffield league.

In Division Six, Telecom’s Linda Lowthorpe (15/27) heads the ‘girls’ leading scorer’s list, followed by team mate Val Morfitt, Nicola Chadwick and Gill Alvey (both Albert Premier).

Chrissy Sykes (Vulcan Redtooth) is marginally the top female scorer in Division Five, closely pursued by Dronfield’s Hannah Jenkinson the three-time junior girl’s champion.

Emma Hickman (Abbeydale) is also enjoying a successful campaign with 21/25, followed by Wadsley’s Liz Ford and Hazel Young (Albert Premier).

Northern General’s Pat Thorley (29/41) is ranked 7th overall in the Division Four list and nationally at 74 in the women’s veteran’s list.

Last year’s women’s handicap champion Sarah Thorne (Abbeydale) has noteworthy figures with 19/39, and Amanda Tolson (Crookes) is making good progress with a 40 percent success rate, followed by Abbeydale’s Gillian Jones.

Division Three’s lone female representative is Vicky Johnston (Redtooth) who to date has figures of 16/30, her best showing for sometime at this level.

In the second tier, Northern General’s Paralympian - Susan Gilroy MBE and Judi Walker - the outstanding six-time women’s champion of the 1970’s - continue as the division’s sole female representatives.

The top flight is blessed to have four nationally ranked women in the top seventy five of England’s senior’s list, headed by our defending champion - Abbeydale’s Isobel Ashley ranked 29.

Stocksbridge’s Zoe Cheesman holds the 35th ranking spot; Sarah Short a seven-time Sheffield champion now playing for Swallownest is ranked at 41 and completing the list is Janet Adams (Scorpions) a two-time winner positioned at 74.

So step forward women and girls - please email your entries to Mrs Cheryl Mckeown at sheffttsec@yahoo.com or post them using the form on our website: sheffieldtabletennis.co.uk or in the league handbook.

The closing date for entries is Sunday, 25th March.