Merseyside County Champions Luke Govier and Isabella Hamer
Three talented table tennis players from St. Mary’s College and Preparatory School in Crosby will represent Merseyside in the English Schools National Championship in the spring.
Secondary school’s Luke Govier and Isabella Hamer – both 12 – became individual county under-13 champions in Merseyside’s recent final, with Isla Graham, 10, from prep school, knowing similar success in the under-11 event.
Now all three will travel to Wolverhampton in April to compete in the 2022 Butterfly Schools National Individual Table Tennis Final at Aldersley Leisure Village.
Over 350 players representing 50 counties will compete in this event, making it the largest one-day table tennis competition in the country.
And after these Championships, the English Schools Table Tennis Committee will select representative teams to play in an international event against the other Home Nations in June.
Table tennis certainly crosses a purple spot at St. Mary’s. Along with the achievements of this trio – including Isabella who is ranked number four in England – two other pupils have enjoyed similar success.
Isabella Travis, 10 – also from prep school – and Jack Savage, 15, from secondary school, were finalists in the Merseyside Under-11 and Under-16 events respectively.
However, during a busy weekend for table tennis action, Jack still managed to win the Southport and District Under-18 junior singles competition the following day. All of these players attended St. Mary’s Preparatory School where they honed their skills under guest table tennis coach Dave Graham.
Dave said: “It has been a pleasure working with these youngsters and seeing them develop into such quality players. I am extremely proud of them and look forward to witnessing their future accomplishments over the next few years.
St. Mary’s College Principal Mike Kennedy added, “Despite the problems caused by the pandemic over the past two years, St. Mary’s has recently enjoyed outstanding athletic success, particularly in football and netball.
“It’s great to see our table tennis players reaching similar heights and all of our students and staff will be wishing them the best of luck when they take part in the National Schools event in April.”
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