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National table tennis returns to UCLan

19 November 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

University sports centre hosts Championships

 

The best young table tennis players in the country are set to converge on the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) this weekend for the English Cadet and Junior National Championships.

Over 250 of England’s finest young table tennis players will battle for national honours at the University’s Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre (STFSC) on 23 -24 November, with the English Table Tennis Association also ready to debut it’s new live stream service at the event.

It was at the Cadet and Junior Six Nations tournament held at the same venue in 2012 that the first live stream event was trialled and, following the success of the coverage, next weekend’s event will see the first edition of the new service.

“I think a lot of people watching from home will be surprised at the quality our young players have to offer, some of whom may end up to be future international stars.”

National Competitions and Events Manager Diccon Gray said: “We’re delighted to announce the launch of our live stream service, which should provide our members with excellent coverage of selected table tennis events throughout the year.

“After our successful trial at the STFSC last season it seems only right that we return here to launch our full-time version at these National Championships.

“I think a lot of people watching from home will be surprised at the quality our young players have to offer, some of whom may end up to be future international stars.”

“After successfully hosting the Championships last year we are once again looking forward to welcoming these young athletes to our sports centre to train and compete at our first-class facility."

The Manager of UCLan’s STFSC, Martin Baines, commented: “After successfully hosting the Championships last year we are once again looking forward to welcoming these young athletes to our sports centre to train and compete at our first-class facility.

“This builds on our successful track record with the sport after we welcomed international table tennis teams from USA and Australia to use the centre as a pre-Olympic training base in 2012.”

Among the entries are Junior singles favourites Helshan Weerasinghe and Tin-Tin Ho, who are both looking to add to fine domestic records with more National titles in Preston.

Sixteen-year-old Weerasinghe, a former Cadet National Champion, is looking for his first junior title after ending up as a losing finalist in both 2011 and 2012 to current England senior squad member, Sam Walker.

Tin-Tin, meanwhile, swept the board last season with five titles out of five. The 15-year-old is one of the biggest prospects in English table tennis having also represented Europe in the World Cadet Challenge.

A full draw can be seen on the ETTA website.