Tennis Octogenarian is number two in the world

Pam McGrath in action at  the Super Seniors World Tennis Championships.
Pam McGrath in action at the Super Seniors World Tennis Championships.
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For Pam McGrath, 2014 has been a memorable year in more ways than one.

The Goosnargh resident and Chairman of Goosnargh Tennis club has not only celebrated her 80th Birthday in November this year but has also competed for Team GB.

After winning the British Open Championship doubles final in Bournemouth last spring, Pam was selected to play for Team GB.

The GB team of four over 80’s played in the 2014 International Tennis Federation Super Seniors World Team Championship at Club Ali Bay Manavgat in

Turkey.

It is the highest ranked team event on the senior circuit for men and women in the world and eight international teams entered in the over 80’s competition for the Doris Hart Cup.

GB eventually finished fifth out of eight.

Pam’s playing partner in the doubles was Mary Durrans and they won all their doubles matches until Mary was injured for the semi-final. Pam played more matches than any other player and as a result is now rated number two in the world.

In five days she played five singles and five doubles matches in over 80 degrees.

There were over 1000 competitors from 30 countries in age categories from 60 – 85 years.

Pam, who plays team and social tennis for both Goosnargh and Broughton Tennis clubs was supported in Turkey by fellow Broughton players Dorothy Bamber and Libby Flintoff who went out for three days to cheer her on.

Pam said “Playing for my country was an enormous privilege. For me, life began in my 80th year!”