Happy Birthday: Diane Schöler, Honorary President Swaythling Club International

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Congratulations to Diane Schöler, on Friday 14th April, she celebrates her 90th birthday, she is the oldest living world champion. The former Diane Rowe, partnering her 20 minutes younger twin sister Rosalind, who sadly passed away in 2015, they won the women’s doubles title at the 1951 World Championships in Vienna, before in 1954 regaining the title in London. In the Konzerthaus in Vienna, at the time, 17 years and 320 days old; their combined ages remain to this day the youngest ever to hold the W.J. Pope Trophy high; an achievement put into context when considering Japan’s Mima Ito and Hina Hayata who were both 18 years of age when they reached the final in 2019 in Budapest. Furthermore, in 1951 neither