Table tennis ace Deaton to marry

FIVE times British champion Nicola Deaton, of Barlborough, has announced her engagement.

FIVE times British champion Nicola Deaton, of Barlborough, has announced her engagement.

She is to marry fellow England player Alex Perry, who won a good medal at last summer's Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Nicola is currently in her second year at Nottingham University where she is studying for a psychology degree, where Alex, originally from Devon, is also a student in law and management.

In 1999 Nicola and Alex were British triple champions at singles, doubles and mixed where they partnered each other to success.

The pair are now looking forward to the forthcoming English Closed Championships, which is to be played at Sheffield's Ponds Forge International Leisure Centre in March.

Nicola and Alex (right) plan to marry once they have completed their studies in 15 months' time.