Three more sporting champions are ready to be immortalised in Wolverhampton's Hall of Fame.

Liz Brown, Helen Lower and Michael Ayre, who have represented the city with distinction in the sports of squash, table tennis and swimming respectively, will be inducted into the Sporting Hall of Fame at a ceremony at Aldersley Leisure Village next Saturday (21 September, 2013).

Wolverhampton has developed a reputation of producing competitors of national and international standard in a wide variety of sports.

The Wolverhampton Sporting Hall of Fame was launched in 1999 by Wolverhampton City Council and Wolverhampton City Sports Advisory Council to provide a fitting and lasting tribute to their performances on a national and international stage.

Liz Brown, a member of Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, represented her country at squash at Masters level.

In 1999, she won gold in the World Squash Masters' over 40s competition and was the British Masters champion in over 40s and 45s on no less than 6 occasions between 1998 and 2006.

Helen Lower represented England at table tennis more than 100 times, winning 17 national titles.

She competed at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 and Melbourne in 2006, as well as the European Championships in Eindhoven in 1998, where her team scooped a bronze medal.

Since retiring Helen, who is a member of Woodfield Table Tennis Club, has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in elite coaching practice.

Michael Ayre's achievements as a swimming coach have helped put Wolverhampton on the map. He was appointed to the Wulfrun Squad in 1974, coaching a number of local swimmers to national and international success.

His talents were recognised as he was appointed Assistant Coach for England's visit to Switzerland in 1975. He produced further national champions over the coming years, with Robin Brew winning silver for Scotland at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.

Robin and fellow swimmer Ian Collins were then selected to represent Great Britain in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Oxley Park Golf Club will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame as the latest Wolverhampton club or association to reach its 100th anniversary.

The club was founded on 16 September, 1913, and has produced a string of top players over the years, including Bob Bishop who played in 5 Open Championships, the Amateur Championship and the Senior Open, and represented Staffordshire 37 times.

They will be inducted at a ceremony featuring Wolverhampton Mayor Councillor Milkinder Jaspal and Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities.

Councillor Mattu said: "Wolverhampton has produced some fantastically talented sportsmen and women over the years, and I'm delighted that we've already recognised so many of them by inducting them into the city's Sporting Hall of Fame.

"I am pleased that we will soon be adding the names of Liz Brown, Helen Lower and Michael Ayre to this prestigious list - three individuals who have worked tirelessly to make it to the very top of their respective professions.

"We'll also be giving Oxley Park Golf Club a place in the Hall of Fame in recognition of the fact that it has reached its centenary."

Peter Holmes MBE said: "The members of the Sporting Hall of Fame have all dominated a world stage, either by playing or coaching, and have been wonderful role models for youngster generations. It is right and proper that their achievements should be marked in this way."

  • released: Tuesday 10 September, 2013