Northwich table tennis star advances to national final

NORTHWICH student Gwilym Morgan is making a name for himself as a rising star in the world of table tennis.

Indeed, he will soon follow in the footsteps of some of the sport’s Olympic stars.

After coming through the county qualifying stages, the 17-year-old Sir John Deane’s College student will face the best young players in the country in the National Final of the Butterfly Schools Individual Table Tennis Championships.

This is a competition in which over 350 players will take part in a competition once graced by Team GB Olympians Liam Pitchford, Paul Drinkall and Sam Walker and Commonwealth Games medalists Tin Tin Ho and Maria Tsaptsinos during their school years.

Gwilym will take his place at Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton on April 2 after winning the Boys Under-19 age group at last month’s Cheshire Schools tournament.

“I was really happy with the way I played against very strong players, of which I know a lot of local leagues,” he said after his victory.

Having started playing 10 years ago, Gwilym now plays for teams in the Mid-Cheshire and Crewe leagues as well as the National Junior League.

Following these Championships, the English Schools Table Tennis Committee will select representative teams to play in the International Invitational in June against teams from Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland and the Country. of Wales.

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