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Tom Jarvis.
Tom Jarvis.
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Grantham College’s rising table tennis star Tom Jarvis is preparing for the biggest learning curve of his life at the Rio Olympics this summer.

The 16-year-old has been selected as travelling reserve for Team GB.

He will act as back-up to the squad of Liam Pitchford, Paul Drinkhall and Sam Walker in the team event in Brazil.

“It’s pretty unbelievable, to be honest,” Jarvis said.

“It took a while to sink in and was a bit of a shock at the start. It’s every athlete’s dream to go to the Olympics and I’m thrilled.

“Every tournament you go to, you want to play, but my place is as the youngster in the team, to learn, and hopefully by 2020 or 2024 it will be my chance to play.

“It’s just a learning environment this time.”

Jarvis, who has represented England at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships, is confident the three senior players can build on their success at the World Team Championships in Malaysia this year, when they won bronze medals for England.

Jarvis has trained under the coaching team of Matjaz Sercer, Natalie Green, Damiano Seretti and Chiara Colontoni at Grantham College since the age of nine.

He trains up to five times each week at College.

He has had an exceptionally good season, having reached the semi final of the men’s singles at the English National championships as well as becoming English National Champion in the under 21s and under 18s.

“Grantham College has great facilities,” he added. “Matjaz Sercer, our coach, was trained at one of the best table tennis academies in Slovenia, and has trained many international players. I have loved my time here.”

Tom is currently taking his GCSE’s and will shortly compete in the Euro Juniors in Zagreb, Croatia, before travelling to Rio.