Sammy Thatcher was crowned the first ever SCPA Players’ Player of the year, as voted by the members of the region.
Sammy was the deserved winner of the inaugural award after such an incredible and consistent 2016. The Southern star won a National title, two Regional titles, an Inter Regional winners medal and, more impressively than all of those, she won a bronze a medal for England at the Ladies Espoir (under 23’s) European Championships.
As much as her achievements have been remarkable, its the attitude and commitment that she possesses that really stands her out as Southern and England’s top ladies player. Sammy played in all the big events over the year, taking in many miles, many roads and exhausting long days to gain such success, it is the type of commitment that reap rewards and many in Southern can learn a lot from this attitude.
Sammy’s undoubted, biggest achievement in 2016 was the performance and result at the Ladies Espoirs European Championships. Against the odds, a team comprising of Sammy, her sister Kaylee, Emma Longstaff and Christina Norris, gained European acclaim for their bronze medal winning run – the first medal England has ever won!
2017 looks to be heading in another upward curve after Sammy was selected for the upcoming World Championship’s in Ghent, Belgium. Sammy will be competing in two of the three formats – Singles, Mixed Doubles or Doubles.
Well done to Sammy and all her achievements in 2016.
Southern’s Players player of the year!