TABLE TENNIS: Grantham girls’ school aiming for national team title

Walton Girls' under-16 table tennis team are aiming to win national competition.
Walton Girls' under-16 table tennis team are aiming to win national competition.
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A team of table tennis players from Walton Girls’ High School and Sixth Form are hoping to bring home a national title at the ESTTA National School Team Championship Finals later this month.

The five-strong under-16s team progressed through the zone and regional finals to make it to the national finals at Hinckley for the third year running.

The annual championship, run by the English Schools Table Tennis Association, is one of the highlights of the table tennis season, attracting schools from all over the country, including sports academies. Every round is fiercely competitive and hard fought by every team, so to get through to the finals is a huge achievement for the Grantham school.

The team gave a strong performance at the regionals at Grantham Table Tennis Centre, beating St Bernard’s RC High School (Cumbria) 7-1 to win the competition, and are confident they can go on to take the national title. 

PE faculty leader Brenda Joint believes that it will be third time lucky for her girls: “Walton has been to the Nationals for the last two years and achieved second place both times. Due to the girls’ hard work and determination, this is their third attempt and I am confident that they will come through as champions this time.”

The team, pictured from left, are Year 10 students Hannah Armson and Beth Cook, and Year 9s Grace Potter, Jessica Easter and Caitlin Lilley.