Ro­gove ready to sparkle at Eu­ros

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY JC RE­PORTER

TA­BLE TEN­NIS MIL­LIE RO­GOVE has been se­lected in Ta­ble Ten­nis Eng­land’s 13-strong squad of un­der-15 and 18 boys and girls for the Eu­ro­pean Youth Cham­pi­onships in Ro­ma­nia next month.

Ro­gove, who is 13 and lives in Tot­teridge, has been se­lected to com­pete in the Cadet (U15) Girls’ Team event. Cur­rently ranked fifth in Eng­land at U15 girls’ level, Ro­gove is one of four Cadet girls to take on Eu­rope’s finest at the Cham­pi­onships to be held in Clu­jNapoca from July 15-24.

The Year Eight JCoSS pupil’s se­lec­tion is recog­ni­tion for her sea­son of hard work, de­ter­mi­na­tion and achieve­ment.

Train­ing daily at Bar­net Ta­ble Ten­nis Club and El­len­bor­ough in En­field, Ro­gove con­tin­ues to im­press. She col­lected her first world rank­ings points on her Eu­ro­pean de­but at the Ital­ian Ju­nior and Cadet Open in Lig­nano in March af­ter beat­ing world no. 22 and Eu­ro­pean no. 14 Mala­mate­nia Pa­padim­itriou of Greece 3-2 in her open­ing match. This re­sult gave Ro­gove an in­tro­duc­tory world rank­ing at 55 in the In­ter­na­tional Ta­ble Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion for Cadet Girls.

Ro­gove’s se­lec­tion for the forth­com­ing cham­pi­onships fol­lows her gold and sil­ver medals for Eng­land at the Home Coun­tries In­ter­na­tional held in Guernsey last Novem­ber, and high fin­ish­ing po­si­tions at Na­tional Cup and Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in re­cent months.

Ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion in Ro­ma­nia, Ro­gove and her Eng­land youth squad team-mates will at­tend a prepara­tory train­ing camp abroad with an­other na­tional youth squad.

Given an op­por­tu­nity by Ta­ble Ten­nis Eng­land to step up a level, Ro­gove said: “I’m re­ally ex­cited and proud to play for Eng­land again. It will be a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

When Ro­gove re­turns to the UK af­ter the cham­pi­onships she will soon fly back to Ro­ma­nia for her in­ten­sive sum­mer train­ing camp in ad­vance of next sea­son’s cam­paign, as her aim is to be­come the no. 1 ranked U15 girl in Eng­land. She also hopes to break into the top 10 at U18 Ju­nior level, ob­tain pro­mo­tion to a higher league in France, where she reg­u­larly plays, and also to progress on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

PHOTO: PIERLUIGI RONCALLO

Mil­lie Ro­gove

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