The Isle of Wight County Table Tennis Association recently held a charity tournament in aid of Mountbatten Hospice, attracting around 20 of the best table tennis players from the South of England, as well as top talent from the island.
The number 1 seed was George Downing, who, although now living in Bournemouth, was born on the island and competed here for many years, and now represents the Isle of Wight at the Island Games.
Downing advanced to the final where he met Hungary’s top player Ferenc Horvath, who is now coaching at Cambridge. Both players demonstrated the incredible skill and determination needed to perform at this level, much to the delight of the crowd of spectators. The match went to 5 sets, with Downing taking control of the deciding set to win and claim the top prize of £500.
Thanks to donations from groups and individuals, £1,000 has been raised for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, and a check for this sum was presented last week to Charlotte Hornblow and Nicola Seymour of the Hospice Management team by Martin Dove and Tim Giles of the IWCTTA committee.
Hospice staff expressed their gratitude to the Table Tennis Association for their fundraising efforts.It is hoped to make this an annual event if sufficient sponsorship can be acquired again.
The Isle of Wight Table Tennis Association would like to thank everyone who supported the tournament this year, especially the local sponsors: Mike Turner, Director, Solent Pools; Balfourkerr properties.
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