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SouthWest Croquet Academy
Westfield Close
Budleigh Salterton

Dr Tim King

Refereeing Lead Coach

Tim began croquet in his grandparent’s garden at an early age and then played at school. He became involved in organized croquet when he joined the Ashby club in 2000. He enjoys both forms of the sport but made most progress in GC to become a strong competitor with hard, straight hitting. 

His finest achievements include winning the Italian Open in 2006 and beating world number one Reg Bamford in the semi-finals of the British Open in 2010. He represented England at the 2006 (New Zealand), 2008 (South Africa) and 2013 (Egypt) World GC Championships. He has won four GC Inter-Club Championships with his club Ashby and the 2017 Inter-County Championship with Leicestershire. After three seasons on a gradual slide down the rankings, 2017 saw him return to form in style, winning the Kate Jones Memorial Trophy (GC second eight) and being runner up in the English National Singles Championship (the Ascot Cup). 

He contributes to the administrative side of the CA, in particular having been Chairman of the Croquet Association Council (2014 to 2016) and was Tournament Manager of the inaugural World GC Team Championship in 2012. He is an engineering consultant, is married to Ayako from Japan and they have three children.

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