Oak­wood pupils take honours in re­gional round

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

THE finest from Hilling­don’s Oak­wood School took top team honours in the west Lon­don re­gional round of the Jack Petchey Lon­don Schools Cham­pi­onships, run in part­ner­ship with Ta­ble Ten­nis Eng­land.

It was held at Har­row’s Whit­more High School and at­tracted schools from Hilling­don, Har­row, Brent, Eal­ing and Houn­slow. Age ranges in­cluded U12, U14, U16 and U19 for boys and girls.

Oak­wood won the boys U16 ti­tle, con­sist­ing of Marko Begg, aged 12, and 15-year-olds Ar­jun Jaitly, Balazs Nagy and Ed­mond Wong.

In the round robin com­pe­ti­tion, they beat a team from the host school Whit­more High School to take the ti­tle. Win­ners of the re­gional com­pe­ti­tions progress to the team fi­nal on Jan­uary 12 at the Univer­sity of East Lon­don.

Wong said: “It was a good com­pe­ti­tion. I had a bad start but came back strong. We are glad we won and can’t wait for the fi­nal.”

More than 5,884 stu­dents have played in com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing the past year and around 40,000 chil­dren have been di­rectly im­pacted by the scheme since it started.

Sir Jack Petchey, CBE, 93-yearold founder of the Jack Petchey Foun­da­tion, is pas­sion­ate about giv­ing young peo­ple free­dom and op­por­tu­nity. He said “As a young man I loved play­ing ta­ble ten­nis. It kept me fit and ac­tive and de­vel­oped my self-dis­ci­pline and con­fi­dence.

“It’s great to know so many play the sport every week as this pro­gramme is so close to my heart.”

PHOTO: STEPHEN POVER

Ar­jun Jaitly, Balazs Nagy, Ed­mond Wong and Marko Begg

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