TABLE TENNIS: Emily to represent East Midlands at UK School Games

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GRANTHAM table tennis ace Emily Bates has been selected to represent the East Midlands at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games in Sheffield next week.

KGGS pupil Emily will compete against the UK’s school-aged elite in the table tennis events being held at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre from September 1 to 4.

Fifteen-year-old Emily is the current UKSG Individual Girls’ Champion and is looking to retain her crown but she can be expected to be challenged by Tin-Tin Ho, Charlotte Carey and Yolanda King, who will all be looking to improve on last year’s performance.

A delighted Emily, who is the English Table Tennis Association national junior girls’ number one, said: “It has been great to receive the invite to the Sainsbury’s UK School Games for the third time, I love the event and always seem to have a fantastic time. I won triple gold at the Games last year and I hope to be able to achieve this again.

“I’m looking forward to meeting new people. I like seeing all the different sports and the different team skills they have, there are so many lovely people taking part and I feel happy to be part of it.”

Former UK School Games competitor and GB table tennis player Paul Drinkhall has a wealth of experience from global multisport events and recognises the fantastic opportunity for young athletes to get a taste of elite competition and everything that comes along with it.

Paul said: “I want to offer huge congratulations to Emily on being selected to represent East Midlands, it is a massive achievement and attending the event will be an incredible experience for her.

“I wish Emily all the best in the competition and hope that she really enjoys the event.”