Player name: Andrew Baggaley
Home town: Milton Keynes
Club: Greenleys TTC (ENG)
Ranking (England/world): 3 / 160
World Ping Pong Champion London 2015
Previous Commonwealth Games: Manchester 2002, Melbourne 2006, Delhi 2010. Glasgow 2014
Commonwealth Games Medals: 2 x gold (Team 2002, Men’s Doubles 2002), 3 x silver (Team 2010, 2014, Men’s Doubles 2006), 1 x bronze (Men’s Doubles 2010)
Biography: Andrew is England’s most decorated Commonwealth Games table tennis athlete with six medals won from four games in Manchester, Melbourne, Delhi and Glasgow.
With three English Men’s Singles titles to his name and an appearance at the London 2012 Olympic Games and World Ping Pong Champion there’s not much the experienced 31-year-old hasn’t achieved during his glittering career.
“I feel honoured and extremely fortunate to have yet again represented Team England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.”
“When table tennis made its debut as a Commonwealth Games sport on home soil at Manchester 2002 I did not think I would be competing again in 12 years’ time in Britain!”
Andrew Baggaley is England’s leading table tennis medal winner of all time in the Commonwealth Games winning 2 Gold Medals in Manchester, England (2002), 1 Silver Medal in Melbourne, Australia (2006), and 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal in Delhi, India (2010).
He extended that record at the Glasgow 2014 games when the men’s team took the silver medal, being beaten by Singapore in the final in a repeat of the 2010 result.
He started playing the sport with his mother Yvonne in the back garden of the family home in Milton Keynes in the Summer of 1987 aged 4 and has been coached almost exclusively by his brother Stephen Baggaley throughout his career.
He is a triple English Men’s Singles National Champion by winning the senior title in Sheffield in 2002, 2008 and 2010.
At the time, his 2002 victory aged just 19 was the youngest winner of the Men’s Singles National Title for 40 years and he is still only one of 3 teenage winners of the Title.
He also became the youngest ever British Men’s Singles Champion aged 15 when he won the British Home Countries Title in Oban, Scotland (1998).
Andrew Baggaley became Britain’s youngest ever professional table tennis Player by signing terms to play for Brussels-based Belgian National League team TTC Logis Auderghem aged 13 (1996). He has subsequently played in national leagues across Europe including Germany, Sweden and Spain.
Andrew Baggaley made his England Junior International début aged 12 in the European Cadet (Under 14) Six Nations Championships in Soham (1995), and went on to win European Youth Medals at both Cadet and Junior (Under 17) categories; England’s first medals at these prestigious events for almost a decade.
He made his England Senior International début at the French Open in 1997 aged 14 and also represented England at the 44th World Table Tennis Championships in Manchester, England later that year.
Baggaley has won 23 English National Junior titles and has been ranked England No1 in every age group (Under 10,11,12,14,17,21) culminating in becoming England No1 Senior aged 20 (2003), the youngest at the time for 20 years.
Baggaley has defeated many world-class players from both Europe and Asia including victories over Peter Karlsson (Sweden) and Jean-Michel Saive (Belgium) both former European Singles Champion, Chiang Peng-Lung (Chinese Taipei) the former Asian Singles Champion, Gao Ning (Singapore) the Asian Cup champion and Jörgen Persson (Sweden) the 1991 World Champion.
In November 2011 Andrew Baggaley officially became the highest-ranked British player on the ITTF ranking list with a World Ranking of 142.
Andrew Baggaley was the Table Tennis motion capture actor for the XBox 360 game Kinect Sports.
He currently plays for the club Fontenay US in the French Pro B League.
Andrew Baggaley played in the Team GB Table Tennis team at the London 2012 Olympics.