Our Team

lizLiz May – Founder
I have played table tennis for as long as I can remember. My Dad Graham and older brother Jon have always played and therefore we have grown up in the table tennis world. I have personally played at a county level and above since the age of eight, and some twenty-five years later continue to coach regionally, as well as compete on the National Circuit. It’s been Eighteen years this year competing in my favourite tournament – Women’s British League!

Plymouth has always had a close table tennis network and I have known Helen for over thirty years as both a team-mate and one of my best friends. When Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2010 it shocked Plymouth Table Tennis and devastated my family. Doing something about it was a no brainer for me and I will continue to fight against cancer in memory of my family and friends who sadly lost their battle and to inspire those that continue to fight.

Since the launch of Pink Pong in September 2010 the initiative has snowballed, obtaining copyright status, increasing its turnover constantly and more recently by becoming a partner of Cancer Research UK. I have been deeply touched by the support of “Pink Pong” and this will drive me to do bigger and better in the bid to beat cancer – together we can, “Make a difference on and off the table”.

 

dave robsonDave Robson – Trustee
My background has various threads surrounding a very worn out anorak, with my own business and an IT skills bank that sometimes helps an otherwise dreary mind stumble it’s way through the dense undergrowth of life. Table tennis is a sport I have competed in for many years, with fitness being an important factor, which is why the bombshell dropped by my consultant of “you have cancer” was such an explosion of emotions beyond my wildest and darkened dreams.

The whole process is an incredible white knuckle ride through the valley of doom, distress and darkness, with hopefully a successful conclusion, but sadly as we all know this is not always the case for everyone, so with fingers, toes, arms and legs crossed let’s move on.

Along with being a trustee for Pink Pong I work with PATHOS in Sunderland, which is a group of doctors and consultants and various other people with a goal of helping others who are currently facing the same scenario. The objectives maybe different but the goals and aims are very similar, with people being the main concern.

 

Sarah SailsburySarah Sailsbury – Trustee
I have had the pleasure of knowing Liz for over 15 years, professionally and personally. My background is in leisure services management, I now work in a pastoral role within a school, which includes liaising with a number of charities across Plymouth city. Liz and I have always worked well together and I hope that I will be able to help her drive this fabulous charity forward.

I was delighted and apprehensive to be asked to become a Trustee of Pink Pong. Becoming a trustee is a huge responsibility and I want to ensure that I match the efforts of everyone involved in Pink Pong who has made it the amazing charity that it clearly is. I hope to continue supporting the team in their wonderful fundraising efforts and aim for national recognition! Regrettably cancer touches so many lives and at any age, and table tennis can transcend all these barriers.

 

HelenHelen Lambert – Trustee
Hi, my name is Helen Lambert, I was 7 when I started playing table tennis, 12 when I first played for England and 36 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, 4 years later, I am on the road to recovery after enduring a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, a Oophorectomy and reconstructive surgery.

I was lucky – an early diagnosis really can be the difference between life and death. I never thought this would happen to me, so I urge everyone to check themselves regularly – when you’re getting dressed, in the shower – it only takes a few minutes. And those few minutes could quite literally, save your life!

Pink Pong enables us to bring the message that early detection saves lives. That it isn’t something that happens to other people, that it can happen to you!!

 

EmmaEmma Rose – Trustee
My name is Emma Rose and I have been playing table tennis for over 30 years! My mum got me involved from a young age, and from that point, I have never looked back. I have played county for Hertfordshire, and maintain loyal to my roots despite living in the West Country since 1999! I was the U19 International Schools Champion in my younger days, and more recently have enjoyed success on the Veteran’s circuit, reaching the Quarter finals of the World Veterans championships in Stockholm in 2012. As a Head of PE, I also enjoy teaching this wonderful sport to my students, some of whom have gone on to play in our local league.

I was deeply touched and honoured to be asked by Liz to become a trustee, and I can think of no better way to raise money for this worthwhile charity. I look forward to a long and successful association with Pink Pong and many more fund-raising opportunities.

 

ZoeZoe Cheesman – Trustee
I have been playing table tennis for 20 years and I have known Liz for many of those on the circuit, which includes many a battle on the table. I currently work in HR and in my spare time I do a lot of work for my local hospice.

I have been a huge supporter of Pink Pong since it first started and felt very privileged to be asked to be a trustee. I am looking forward to becoming more involved in arranging events and making as much money as possible. I have always been inspired with the enthusiasm and constant smile on Liz’s face and I am proud to be part of such a great team.

I am a huge believer that together we can beat cancer and I will raise awareness wherever I go.

 

LeselyLesley Slack – Trustee
I have been playing Table Tennis for many years but have taken it far more seriously over recent years, since being given the opportunity to play Table Tennis for the Great Britain police Table Tennis team.

I love to travel with my husband Graham when we get the chance and I am very passionate about my two Weimaraner dogs, Missy and Holly who are always up to something that makes me smile.

Liz asked me to get involved with Pink Pong after I was involved in organising an event in October 2011 for Cirencester Table Tennis League. I was thrilled to be asked to get involved. I would love to think that Cancer could be cured in the future and that I have been part of the fund raising team that has helped to make that research happen. What a wonderful legacy to leave behind. I have been inspired by Liz’s energy

 

BethBeth Wilson – Junior Trustee
I am very proud to be the Junior Trustee for Pink Pong. I am sixteen years old, and have known Liz for nearly as long as I’ve been playing. I am currently ranked 22 in the Under 18’s in England and hope to improve this in my remaining years as a junior.

I have followed Pink Pong ever since it began in 2010, discussing ideas with Liz on how we could raise money through our sport to fight against cancer, we together have ran many events and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them.

I am very grateful to be a junior trustee for Pink Pong as it is a fantastic cause and an amazing way to raise money for cancer research. Once I become eighteen, I will be old enough to become a trustee and will continue to support Pink Pong and do as much as I can to help raise money for this worthy cause.

 

grahamGraham May – Treasurer
I am the Treasurer of the a”MAY”zing charity Pink Pong. I have been involved in table tennis for over fifty years, mainly as a player, but also as secretary of the Plymouth and District Table Tennis League for around 20 years and latterly as it’s President. In the late 1980′s I was awarded the Torch Trophy for services to Table Tennis by the English Table Tennis Association. I have played table tennis at all levels and seen my Vetts British League team rise from the bottom division to winning the Premier League Title. I have also represented my county (Devon) in all divisions from the bottom division to the Premiership. I have thoroughly enjoyed my involvement in the sport, although my playing has now been curtailed by heart problems.

I was a Chartered Accountant by profession (FCCA) and for this reason was persuaded by my daughter to act as the charities treasurer. I also lost my mother to breast cancer and one of my brothers to pancreatic cancer so as Liz this charity is close to my heart. It is for this reason that I will always fully support Liz, her fellow trustees and helpers in all that they do.

 
KellyKelly Sibley – Ambassador
I have been playing table tennis for the last 17 years.  I am currently England’s no.1 Female Table Tennis player and have 4x National Singles titles and currently hold the most number of titles won in the women’s doubles with Joanna Drinkhall.  In 2012 I represented Team GB at the London Olympic Games. I have also represented England at the Commonwealth Games in 2006 (Melbourne) and 2010 (Delhi) and hoping to compete in the 2014 games in Glasgow.

I am passionate about the work Pink Pong does and I am very honoured and proud to be their ambassador. I currently have a member of family fighting this awful disease, so I know first hand how important the awareness, fundraising and support really is.

I look forward to hosting many more events together in the on going future.

 

RyanRyan Jenkins – Ambassador
11 x Welsh singles champion, 50 UK Grand win, Commonwealth Gold, Silver and Bronze medallist and Welsh National coach.

I started playing table tennis at 7 years old at my local youth club and 28 years later I’m travelling to Re de Janeiro, Tokyo, Sydney and Las Vegas (to name a few) still hitting that little white ball around.

I love table tennis with a passion and I love helping others who need my help. Table tennis is my way of doing that. That’s what I’m good at. I’m proud to be associated with Pink Pong and all its activities and will always be available to give my time to them.

 

wetherillDavid Wetherill – Ambassador
I was born with a bone condition called Multiple Epiphyseal Dysplasia and first started playing table tennis in the Plymouth area around the age of 10. It was the most enjoyable form of rehabilitation from the numerous operations I had as a child and was a sport I could play without too many limitations. Not only have I gone on to compete in the Paralympic Games but I have met so many incredible people and made so many close friends, many of whom have been working as part of Pink Pong from the very beginning!

I have been an advocate for the fantastic work that the team has achieved over the past few years and I am truly honoured to become an ambassador. Given some of my own personal experiences, I have always been passionate about helping others and have been involved in many charitable events in the past. I’m looking forward to supporting Pink Pong with future events as there’s no better way to help out than by using our sport!

 

wetherillCorinna Whitaker – Ambassador
I have been playing table tennis for the last 16 years and won numerous national champion titles over the years. I have been playing for Scotland for the past 12 years and have travelled all over the world and competed in the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.

I have always been a massive supporter of Pink Pong and tried to do what I could to help. I feel very honoured and proud to be asked to be an Ambassador and hope that together we can all make a change in fighting this horrible disease however big or small it may be. There is such a great team working with Pink Pong and I’m proud to be asked to be amongst them!

 

charlotteCharlotte Carey – Ambassador
Welsh number 1. Senior, 3x under 21, 18 and 15 Welsh national champion. European doubles Bronze medallist. 8 medals in World Junior Circuits. Competed in 2 Commonwealth Games and 5 World Championships.

I started playing table tennis when I was around 9, my Grandfather always played in a local club and I constantly begged him to take me along, one day he did and I’ve loved the game ever since. I’m currently living in Sweden playing table tennis full time, playing league in Germany and travelling the world. I’ve visited many countries; Paraguay, Brazil, Japan, China, Argentina and Guatemala to name a few.

I feel very honoured to be an ambassador of this amazing charity as it’s always been pretty close to home. My Great Grandmother fought and beat breast cancer and my Grandfather has recently been diagnosed with cancer too. I believe that through table tennis we can all raise money and awareness by doing the thing we enjoy most. I fully believe Pink Pong can become a worldwide charity and make a real difference in the fight against cancer.

Amanda Mogey – Ambassador

Sean Doherty – Ambassador