Eleven-times Scottish Champion Gavin Rumgay is out to equal Euan Walker’s record 12 singles’ title at the Scottish National Championships at Bell’s Sports Centre in Perth on Saturday (Mar 4).
The London-based player returns to his home city as number one seed for the men’s singles as he closes in on Walker’s landmark.
The Scottish number one beat David Hannah’s ten titles last year and has set his sights on claiming the record for himself next year.
Rumgay’s hopes have been boosted by the absence of Scottish number two Craig Howieson with a shoulder injury but Robert Gordon’s University student Colin Dalgleish remains a threat at number two.
In the women’s singles, Kilbirnie’s Rebecca Plaistow is out to repeat her remarkable achievement last year of winning both senior and junior titles.
Plaistow faces a considerable challenge on Saturday with established Scottish international players Linda Flaws from Shetland and Perth’s Gillian Edwards also vying for the title. The junior competition takes place on Sunday, also at Bell’s Sports Centre.
Table Tennis Scotland President, Stewart McGowan, who also hails from Perth will be tournament referee for a remarkable 25th time and commented: “The nationals are the highlight of our domestic calendar and I expect all the titles to be keenly disputed. There is added incentive this year with the Commonwealth Games in the Australian Gold Coast just around the corner in 2018”.
The men’s singles competition begins at 10am and the women’s event at 12 noon and entry to the event is free.
All junior, cadet and minor events take place on Sunday. Play commences at 09.30am with free entry to all events.
Further information: Richard Yule, Table Tennis Scotland, Chief Operating Officer, 0131 317 8077.
2016 ladies champion