Table tennis hot shot James Smith from Royal Russell School is a star already – and he is only 12!!
The quick-handed youngster took top honours in the Boys U16 category of the Jack Petchey Foundation London Schools Individual Finals, where some of his competitors were up to four years his senior!
The South London regional final was held at Sutton’s Wilson School on Friday 7th February. The competition bought together 52 players from 14 different schools from Bromley, Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton.
Croydon student James, who has been playing the sport since he was eight years old, was already a champion before his latest feat having won the Under 12 category in last year’s competition.
He said, “Table tennis is a great sport and I have learnt so much from my coach. I play a bit of football but prefer table tennis because it’s indoors. This is a well organised tournament with lots of good players from other schools. I can’t wait for the Final.”
James is currently the no.1 player at Under 12 level in England and was selected to represent his country in last year’s Euromini tournament in France, while the 2020 Olympics could well be within his grasp…
James progresses along with all other winners to the London School’s Singles finals on Saturday 21st June 2014 at the University of East London - UEL. The Jack Petchey table tennis project also includes the donation of indoor and outdoor tennis tables.
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