CARSLUITH man David Clifford, 69, was recently presented with the Harry Baxter award for his outstanding contribution to table tennis in Scotland.
This prestigious award was last presented in 1997, and this reflects the impact that David’s talents as a player, administrator and particularly as a table tennis coach have had over the years. The award recognised David’s work as deputy chairman of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in 1997 and his work as chairman of Table Tennis Scotland from 1998-2004.
David was a regional coach, based in Dumfries for 20 years and during that time more than 30 of the players he helped coach have gone on to play for Scotland.
Three youngsters from Galloway have also gone on to represent their country, thanks to David’s one-to-one coaching skills, Nadine Wright from Haugh of Urr was the Scottish Cadet Girls Champion in 2008/2009, Neil Macdonald from Dalbeattie won a cap at junior level and Emma Carnochan from Newton Stewart played at under 12 level.
David also started a small table tennis club in Carsluith, numbering no more than eight or nine players, that has proved a breeding ground for junior talent. David and his wife also played table tennis at veteran level for Scotland.