There was a golden second half to the yr as English athletes topped the rostrum at each the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games, World Para Championships and the European Veterans’ Championship.
Sally Bax, Simon Heaps and Lorestas Trumpauskas had been the solid gold performers at the European Veterans’ in Rimini in early July, with three silvers and 5 bronzes additionally in England’s medal complete.
Additionally on the European stage, BPTT Pathway athletes Joe Crouse, Ryan Henry and Shae Thakker had been the primary ever British para athletes to compete within the European Universities Video games. Thakker won class 10 singles gold, Henry took silver at school 8 and Crouse took bronze at school 9.
At residence, the first ever all-female 1* tournament was an enormous success, paving the way in which for others.
August noticed the most important multi-sport occasion hosted in England for the reason that London 2012 Olympics, as Commonwealth nations gathered for Birmingham 2022.
It was within the particular person occasions that the true glory got here, as Jack Hunter-Spivey took England’s first gold with a superb victory within the males’s class 3-5 singles, adopted by Liam Pitchford & Paul Drinkhall retaining their men’s doubles title.
Additionally on the rostrum was Ross Wilson, taking bronze in the men’s class 8-10 singles. He was joined on the rostrum by gold medallist Josh Stacey of Wales.
Additionally through the Video games, England’s Tin-Tin Ho was named Athlete of the Year on the TASS Stars Awards.
September noticed the desk tennis neighborhood join the nation in mourning the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth II, the patron of the ETTA/Desk Tennis England since 1952.
Because the season resumed, the Senior British League, Premier Division grew to become the primary occasion to be featured reside on the new TTE.TV channel – the brand new ‘residence of desk tennis’ which is able to broadcast the most important and greatest occasions in England.
It was the flip of a few of our officers to expertise delight on the world stage in October as 5 umpires completed their Level 3 International Umpire qualification, whereas Steve Smith joined the ranks of International Referees.
On the desk, GB Junior Squad duo Anna Hursey & Sophie Earley won the girls’ doubles on the WTT Youth Star Contender in Montenegro, however there was disappointment for England on the World Crew Championships, going out in the last 16 to France.
Two-time Paralympian and NHS hero Kim Daybell announced his retirement from desk tennis to give attention to his medical profession.
And Desk Tennis England launched Desk Tennis United – our new strategy outlining our vision to show England right into a ‘Desk Tennis Nation’.
November noticed one other golden month for British athletes, this time on the World Para Championships. Nice Britain topped the rostrum twice within the staff occasions as first Billy Shilton and Paul Karabardak won the men’s class 14 doubles after which Fliss Pickard and Grace Williams won the corresponding women’s class.
The 2014 world champion Will Bayley then completed the golden haul as he regained the boys’s class 7 singles title.
With 10 medals total, it was Britain’s most profitable Worlds, delighting Performance Director Gorazd Vecko.
Because the yr drew to a detailed, Commonwealth Video games referee Karen Tonge received her OBE from the Princess Royal at Windsor Citadel in December, whereas Desk Tennis England Chairperson Sandra Deaton was appointed deputy chair of the influential ITTF Nominations Committee.