The UK School Games were held at Loughborough University from 31 August – 3 September this year.
Approximately 1600 athletes competed across 12 sports, giving all the young athletes a multi-event experience not found at another school event in the UK. The Games are seen as a springboard for future athletes, and it is interesting to note that 56 of the 382 athletes representing team GB at the 2016 Olympics in Rio competed at previous UK School Games.
Scotland had both a Boys and Girls team competing in the Table Tennis U18 category this year: Calum Morrison, Keir Morton, Dylan Curry Faye Leggett, Tessa Yau, Jennie Yang
Elliott Medland from Glasgow was our representative in the Para (standing) event.
Due to the strength and depth of the players across England, there are five ‘regional’ teams that represent England, such as North West, South East and one team from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Both Scottish teams had good events. The Girls team were extremely competitive with some great individual wins, however a few closely fought but ultimately 2-3 defeats for the team saw them finish outside the medals.
In the Para Event (Standing), Elliott Medland from Glasgow narrowly missed out on Gold but returned home with a brilliant Silver medal finishing second in the round robin event.
The Scottish Boys team really were the team to watch, and finished the event taking the Silver medal to add to Elliott`s Silver in the Para event.
Calum, Keir and Dylan finished in joint first place, but ended up with the Silver medal on count back to the North East of England. Both Scotland and the North East team only lost one match each across the event, however on sets and games won and lost, NE England edged out the Scottish boys.
Non playing captains, Craig Howieson and Pete Lugton and Senga Thomson Para coach were full of praise for their players and their undoubted potential for the future.