TABLE TENNIS: Rising Grantham star Emily selected to play in European Championships

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GRANTHAM’S rising national table tennis star Emily Bates received wonderful news this week when she was selected to play in this year’s European Youth Championships which will be held this year in Vienna, Austria.

The exciting news came after a really impressive run of results in recent competitions.

Sixteen-year-old KGGS student Emily this year just missed out on Olympic selection, having made the long list.

She achieved a creditable third place in the year’s Masters, only losing two matches during the whole weekend.

And Emily was the only British girl to go totally unbeaten in the UK School Games held at this year’s Olympic venue. She played a total of 14 matches, of which she won 14, helping her team achieve a silver medal and gain a gold in the overall team event.

Emily’s most recent tournament was the Tipton Grand Prix which resulted in her winning the Ladies’ Band 1, but she had to pull out of day two after she suffered a foot injury.

Emily said: “This news will motivate me to train hard and push for a return to the full England ladies’ team.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my friends, coaches and family for their support.

“But most in particular the head teacher at KGGS, Mr Graham Burks, and his teachers for their outstanding help and understanding during my time at the school.

Emily is moving to Grantham College in the new term where she will train at their table tennis academy.