TABLE TENNIS: Grantham leisure centre hosts national championships

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Grantham’s Meres leisure centre hosted The Butterfly Michael Hawkesworth Championships last weekend.

More than 90 competitors took part in two days of thrilling table tennis action that saw winners in 12 classes of competition.

Paralympic silver medalist Will Bayley, members of the GB Para Table Tennis Team, and rising star Thomas Matthews, a member of the GB Pathway squad, were among those who competed.

Many of the athletes used the competition as a warm-up to an international Para event – the Lignano Master Open – in Italy later this week.

The competition was also the BTTAD National Championships and represented the opportunity for young, up-and-coming players to compete against the best in the UK.

SKDC’s portfolio holder for leisure, arts and culture Councillor Bob Adams joined current England number one and four times national women’s singles champion Kelly Sibley to help present the medals and trophies to winners.

Coun Adams said: “It was a fantastic event for The Meres to stage and we were privileged to witness some of the best and up and coming athletes in the sport go head to head here in South Kesteven.

“Competitors came from every corner of Great Britain and we hope they enjoyed heir weekend in Grantham.

“The skill and dedication of the competitors was at times breathtaking and we look forward to welcoming the championships back to The Meres next year.”