Mum’s the word for ta­ble ten­nis hotshot

Re­gional fi­nals win­ner Mitchell fol­lows mother’s suc­cess

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

HARE­FIELD Academy ta­ble ten­nis hotshot Mitchell Jones is fol­low­ing in his mother’s foot­steps

Jones, whose mother Sara was one of Eng­land’s top play­ers in the sport, emerged vic­to­ri­ous from the Jack Petchey Foun­da­tion re­gional fi­nals of the sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion hosted by Cap­i­tal City Academy, in Willes­den.

The com­pe­ti­tion brought to­gether teams from schools in Brent, Eal­ing, Ham­mer­smith & Ful­ham, Har­row, Hilling­don and Houn­slow.

The boys U19s cat­e­gory was won by Jones, aged 17, who won the same com­pe­ti­tion last year and was in the win­ning team in the fi­nals played at the end of last month at UEL’s Sport­sDock.

Jones has been play­ing for nine years, the last five com­pet­i­tively, and the sport is in his blood.

He said “The fi­nal was tough in par­tic­u­lar against Danny Lewis.

“We play and train at the same school so we know each other’s game in­side out. I per­haps have a 60-40 ad­van­tage in matches played, but they are al­ways very close.

“This time the match went to five and Danny led 9-7 in the 5th, but I man­aged to just take the win 12-10.”

Jones plays for Mid­dle­sex and also played for Eng­land Schools last year in Sar­dinia, where the team came sixth.

He would like to progress to play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally for a club in the Euro­pean league.

Fel­low Hare­field Academy pupil Ben Nay­lor-Smith, aged 15, fin­ished run­ner-up to win­ner Curtis Welsh in the boys U16s sec­tion.

The Jack Petchey Lon­don Schools’ Ta­ble Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships is a pres­ti­gious event aimed at in­creas­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion and aware­ness of ta­ble ten­nis in Lon­don Schools.

It in­cludes in­di­vid­ual and team com­pe­ti­tions and all win­ners progress to the Jack Petchey Lon­don School’s sin­gles fi­nals, be­ing held on Satur­day, June 20.

The project also in­cludes the do­na­tion of in­door and out­door ta­ble ten­nis ta­bles, which is also help­ing to bring more girls into the sport. Over four years, 1,000 ta­ble ten­nis ta­bles have been do­nated to Lon­don schools and 21,000 play­ers have taken part in the com­pe­ti­tions.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the scheme, visit www. lon­don­school­stableten­

n SUC­CESS: Ta­ble ten­nis ace Mitchell Jones


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