Stalwart Jay has many accolades and awards in magnificent career

Stalwart Jay has many accolades and awards in magnificent career

7 March 2018

ALTHOUGH Jay McAllister wouldn’t want to be associated with fine wines, nevertheless, just as the beverage is repudiated to improve with age, the comparison is justified.  

At a time when most would be content to enjoy their beloved sport for recreation, Jay is competing in three leagues, often against opponents generations younger and is still accepted as one of the most difficult exponents to play against. 

Jay McAllister’s long association with table tennis as a player, and more recently as an International umpire, is recognised throughout Ireland. 

His love of the sport began at Killyleagh and during a career that has spanned over 50 years he has been associated with a number of club and teams around the district before returning to his home town side.  

He has represented the NI Fire Service, now the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) at numerous competitions including more recently at the World Fire and Police Games in 2103 where he won a gold and bronze medal. 

As a competitor there is none more determined or successful on the local circuit. His trophy cabinet is testimony to a lifetime of individual and team successes, yet he remains one of the most modest competitors in the game. 

Always quick to recognise his opponent’s good play, his table manners are impeccable. No outbursts of frustration or equipment abuse are exhibited in his arena, preferring to channel his energies into wearing his opponents into submission.  

A player noted for his tremendous retrieving ability, Jay has delighted spectators with his spectacular long-range chop and lob defences which only the very best can breach. In all his matches he has never lost to anyone, he always has to beaten,

As the Lecale League celebrates its 60th year, Jay Mc Allister as a player and official has played an important role in its success and continuance.

Such loyalty and dedication are seldom seen these days, but then neither would much of what he achieved.