On Friday 26th January, KHS table tennis stars travelled to Sherfield School to defend their status as ISA national table tennis champions. After last year’s overwhelming success, the burden of expectation weighed heavy on the 8 boys involved in the tournament. The star of the show was singles and doubles gold medallist and national champion, Daniel Clark in year 7. He dominated the U13 category with convincing wins over a very strong field, including 3 of his close schoolmates. He played some scintillating table tennis against a strong contender in the final, which he eventually won in two straight sets. Stanley Barclay also battled hard to earn a bronze medal in the 3rd/4th play off after defeating Hayden Syme in a nail-biting quarterfinal. Daniel and Hayden teamed up for the doubles tournament and were simply unstoppable. They eased through the group stages to claim the title in spectacular fashion. Arthur Miller also received bronze medal in his age group.
The U15 category was very competitive, which featured the Wales female national champion. Noah Berger, who was playing up two-year groups, battled hard but had to settle for a bronze medal, which was a superb achievement given the talent on show. He soon got his vengeance in the doubles tournament whereby he defeated his foe, with partner Oliver Crapanzano, to reach the final. They eventually lost by two sets and had to settle for the silver medal.
Overall, it was a superb effort from all of the players involved including Louis Nevrides and Stephen O’Connell-Clare, who narrowly missed out on medals.
Congratulations to all our table tennis players and great job Nikolla - the leading coach for Kew House School, who supported them at the competition.
Bring it on 2019 ISA!!!