Player becomes coach at the age of 62, will challenge in CWG 2022, family tradition is the reason

To continue the family tradition, the table tennis coach will not only walk the court, but will also wear his father’s medal.

62-year-old Kestive Reilly’s father has represented Scotland in the Commonwealth Games.

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Birmingham. A table tennis coach running in Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 I have decided to play as a player. The reason behind this is to follow the tradition of the family. In fact, England-born Fiji table tennis coach Steve Reilly decided to play in order to continue the family tradition and fulfill his father’s dream at the Commonwealth Games. 62-year-old Reilly’s father has represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.

Rally will also wear the special medal of the father

83 years ago, his father played for Scotland in 1938. Reilly’s father had entered boxing. Reilly will compete in table tennis at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 in his father’s honor. During this, he will also wear his father’s special medal, which he won in the Scottish Boxing Championship in 1936. Steve Reilly will take to the court for Fiji in the men’s singles, mixed doubles and team events.

Reilly has tried his hand at boxing and diving

When Reilly was young, he also tried his hand at boxing and diving. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 7. For 22 years, he worked as an electronic technician and diver. After leaving his Navy job, he was offered diving lessons by Fiji, which he accepted and in 2009 he became a citizen of this country. While giving coaching, he had turned down the offer to take part in these games.

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