Tributes paid to veteran Wakefield sportsman Les D’Arcy

Les D'Arcy
Les D'Arcy

Veteran sportsman Les D’Arcy has died at the age of 91.

Mr D’Arcy, of Fairway View, Lupset, was most famous for playing table tennis and even competed in a world tournament last year.

The pensioner’s passion for sport also inspired a film called Ping Pong, which followed eight people from across the globe as they competed in the over 80s category of the World Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia.

Mr D’ Arcy only took up athletics at the age of 84 and went on to compete at world level.

He also competed in triathlons and weight lifting.

The former Ossett and Normanton teacher died on Saturday after suffering recent problems with his heart.

He leaves behind six children, 17 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

His son Paul, 57, said: “Sport was a big part of his life.

“He was inspirational - he definitely lived life to the full in the right way.

“He has certainly left an impression on the world.”

Mr D’Arcy also carried an Olympic torch through Market Harborough, in Leicestershire, during pre-London 2012 celebrations.