ABRAHAM Earl Sellado could become table tennis’s next big thing, with the 12-year-old sensation from Bradford already racking up an incredible list of accomplishments.
The latest was his recent triumph at the West Yorkshire Individual Under-13 School Table Tennis Tournament for St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College, but he has long been a sensation on the national stage, not only on the regional scene.
His mum and dad have lived here for around 20 years, and although they are happily based in Fairweather Green, it’s Abraham’s Filipino heritage that is to thank for his early days in the sport.
Dad Alvin explained: “Abraham started playing when he was seven years old, which is when we went back to the Philippines for a family vacation.
“His uncles were playing at a good level in the country, so they trained with him and taught him how to play.
“He wanted to play table tennis after school when we came back to Bradford, so we found somewhere in Thornton that offers that.
“But the teacher there said he was a bit different and encouraged us to send him to a good coach in Halifax.
“From there he became England’s number one player at the age of nine, and is currently number one at U12 and U13 level in the country.
“He has represented England in competitions and last November he helped them win a domestic cup against the likes of Scotland and Ireland.”
It’s no surprise Abraham won this recent West Yorkshire school tournament, with his dad saying: “When he was eight we put him in U11 competitions in primary school, and he represented West Yorkshire when he was eight, nine and 10 years old.
“When he was 10 he got his first chance to represent England, but Covid stopped that tournament from happening.
“He’s 12 now, and that West Yorkshire U13 tournament last month he was playing players from Leeds and Bradford schools.”
The future looks bright for Abraham, and his father said: “We are trying to develop him, and first of all, just see if he wants to continue playing this sport.
“I think he will, and if he does, the Olympics would probably be the goal.
“He’s already a member of the England U23 team, and from there he could progress to England Aspire, then England Youth, before moving into the men’s team.
“He also does a lot of other sports like rugby and swimming, and according to his teachers he shows real potential in basketball and football.
“But we’re focusing him more on table tennis because he’s already in England’s squads for that, representing his country.”