Table Tennis County Champion
Year 8 student Sahil has recently become the newly crowned table tennis county champion. After a battling and gruelling competition in Clayton, Sahil came out on top after showing his skills and class. Whilst coming up against high quality opposition that pushed him all the way, Sahil - who hadn't even played table tennis until last year - found a different level and smashed his way to the number one spot.
Sahil is one of the original Table Tennis Pioneers at the Academy - a group of students who wanted to try a new sport and set their sights on table tennis. The group formed under the guidance of Mr James, who runs table tennis classes during lunch times and after school. The pioneers also got the opportunity to meet former Olympian and World Championships Silver Medallist Anthony Clark, who spent two days with the students delivering motivational seminars as well as a range of activities to improve their skills (most notably the “Six Keys to Success” workshop that really got our students thinking about what it takes to become successful). Click here to find out more about Anthony Clark's visit.
Sahil has worked incredibly hard from the very first session, honing and crafting his skills, putting in hours and hours of time and effort in each week. This level of focus and hard work led him to his chance to shine at the county championships, which he took, impressing those in attendance as well as the other competitors
Sahil said: "I just practice as much as I can. I go to all the sessions at school and outside of school as well. I try to adapt my game and learn with each session. I am pleased to be county champion and want to continue to work hard to get even better.
Table tennis leader Mr James said: "Sahil has excelled. He has taken on board everything and turned himself into a fantastic player. It is incredible to think that he hadn't even picked up a table tennis bat until last year, and now he is the county champion. That is testament to his attitude and work ethic - a great role model for our students."
Sahil will now go through to National championships on 21st April.