At 76, former African champion, Ethel Jacks, is excited that his native country – Ghana is staging the 2019 ITTF World Junior Circuit (WJC) and African Junior and Cadet Championship (AJCC).

Ethel Jacks’ exploits in the 1960s and 1970s brought honours to Ghana and it was her exploits that prompted the Ghana Women In Sports Association (WISA) in 2017 at an elaborate Awards ceremony held at the Accra Sports Stadium to give her an award for her contribution to Ghana Sports.

“I am so excited that my beloved nation – Ghana will be hosting a major event in April and I can’t wait to see the future stars of the game. I hope and believe this will help the re-awakening of table tennis in Ghana,” she said.

Already, the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) has confirmed that Ethel Jacks would be among the former stars that will be honoured during the April event in Ghana.

“I am so happy that Africa did not forget our efforts and at 76, I still play and people are still doubting my age because of the way I am still fit on table. I am eagerly looking forward to the event and I hope I can be there to motivate the present athletes to be patient enough to learn.

Ethel Jacks said during her award in 2017 that building sports facilities is a way of beautifying the country and developing sporting talents.

“We need modern sports facilities. Let’s know that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation, and sports is what makes people healthy” she said.

Having lost her husband who was Ghana national hockey team coach, Ashalley Okine few months before the award, Ethel Jacks admitted that she had been lonely, but believes looking at the plague and citation on the WISA award will inspire and urge her on to live a little longer.

Ethel Jacks won the women singles title three times to earn herself the title of Queen of African table tennis. She claimed the titles in 1964, 1968 and 1974. Ethel Jack’s record has only been equaled by Dina Meshref of Egypt and two Nigerians – Bose Kaffo and Olufunke Oshonaike. Bose Kaffo won in 1990, 1994 and 1998, Olufunke Oshonaike also won in 1992, 2002, and 2016 while current African champion Dina Meshref won in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Ethel Jacks, paired the late Ernestina Akuetteh to win the women’s doubles title for Ghana in 1964 and 1968 at the African Championships.