Wednesday, 20 November 2013

UCLan hosts National Table Tennis Championships

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

Over 250 players will battle for national honours at Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, with some of England's finest up-and-coming talents scheduled to compete.

The Manager of UCLan's STFSC, Martin Baines, said: "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 Helshan, 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 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.

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