Nicola Deaton retires from International Play

21st March 2003

The listing was posted by English Table Tennis Association

Nicola Deaton (Chesterfield, Derbyshire), 26, the five times national women’s champion who was surprisingly defeated by Lindsey Thornton (Lancashire) in the second round of the National Championships in Sheffield last weekend, has announced her retirement from international play with immediate effect, and therefore is not available for selection for the forthcoming European Championships. She will now concentrate on her psychology studies at the University of Nottingham, after which she plans to marry fellow international table tennis player and University of Nottingham student, Alex Perry.

Deaton took up table tennis when she was aged 6 on the QE 2 during one of her father’s (Colin, a former England junior no.2) sports promotions, and was something of a prodigy, winning national titles at each age range she competed in. The then European no.4 cadet girl, she won a doubles silver medal (with Sally Marling) and a team bronze medal in the cadet events of the 1991 European Youth Championships. In the same year Deaton took 3 Commonwealth bronze medals at Nairobi: in the singles, doubles and team event. A fast counter hitter and tenacious fighter who plays professionally in France, she has been England’s top women player of recent years, heading the ranking list for all but two months since April 1999.