BAGGALEY Andrew < Back  
Sport Table Tennis
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 26 Feb 1983 in Northampton, ENG
Height1.80 m
Weight 75 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Milton Keynes, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, Spanish
Higher education Milton Keynes, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing table tennis when he was 4. He turned professional at the age of 13.
Why this sport? He started playing with his mum on an old table in his back garden.
Club / Team Fontenay US: Fontenay-sous-Bois, FRA
Name of coach Stephen Baggaley
Coach from which country? England
Coach from what year? 1987
Training Regime In the close season, he practices for at least 20 hours per week, as well as gym work and running. During the season, table time is reduced and gym workouts are altered to stay match fit.
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 1997
Competing for Great Britain
Tournament World Championships
Location Manchester
General Interest
Hobbies Singing and playing guitar in his band, playing tennis. (The England Team Handbook and Guide, 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning two gold medals and a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games. (ETTA, 20 Aug 2010)
Most influential person in career His brother and coach: Stephen Baggaley. (Athlete, 15 May 2011)
Hero / Idol Pete Sampras, Nelson Mandela (The Sunday Times, 18 May 2003)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs "Enjoy and work hard." (Athlete, 15 May 2011)
Awards and honours At age 13 he became the sports youngest professional by signing for a Brussels based club in the Belgium National League and at 15 he became the youngest ever Senior British Champion by lifting the Home Countries International Men's singles title in Oban, Scotland. (mkweb.com, 20 Mar 2002)

He was a London 2012 Olympic Bid Ambassador. (andrewbaggaley.com, 20 Aug 2010)

He is Great Britain's leading medallist of all time at the Commonwealth Games. (miltonkeynes.co.uk, 20 Aug 2010)
Ambitions To win an Olympic Gold medal. (andrewbaggaley.com, 20 Aug 2010)
Other information TURNING PROFESSIONAL
At age 13 he became the sports youngest professional by signing for a Brussels based club in the Belgium National League and at 15 he became the youngest ever Senior British Champion by lifting the Home Countries International Men's singles title in Oban, Scotland. (mkweb.com, 20 Mar 2002)