TABLE TENNIS: Fourth successive team title win for KGGS

National under-19 schools team table tennis champions KGGS.
National under-19 schools team table tennis champions KGGS.
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KGGS girls’ under-19 table tennis team won the National Schools Team Championships for a quite remarkable fourth consecutive time in Hinckley at the weekend.

This outstanding achievement means they have taken the title every year since 2009, a feat never before achieved by either any boys’ or girls’ school.

The team was this year captained by England’s number one junior girl Emily Bates who led Emily Roys, Sidrah Abaar, Hannah Noutch and Hannah Wing to victory.

All five players won matches during their successful performance which saw them beat Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke, in fine style, dropping only one leg on their way to a 7-1 victory. This was followed by an even more convincing 8-0 win over Southfield School for Girls, Kettering, to seal their place in the final against Wembley High Technology College. The final produced some very exciting table tennis with KGGS taking the title 6-2.

Emily Bates, who has figured in all four KGGS victories and never lost a single match in the championships, is flying out today to play for the English national team in the World Schools Tournament in Sardinia.

Emily won two bronze medals in the competition two years ago and will be hoping to improve of that this time round

KGGS under-13s not only made the national finals but took a very well deserved bronze medal. The town was also represented at this year’s finals by Walton Girls’ School and a boys’ team from the King’s School

Grantham’s Adam Harrison is also flying out to play for the England boy’s team in Sardinia, once again demonstrating the strength in depth of Grantham’s crop of table tennis talent.