Commonwealth call-up for Skegness hotshot Tom Jarvis

Skegness teen Tom Jarvis in action at the national championships in March EMN-151009-165227002
Skegness teen Tom Jarvis in action at the national championships in March EMN-151009-165227002

Exciting young tennis table talent Tom Jarvis has been selected for the England squad to compete at the Commonwealth Championships in India.

The 16-year-old is the youngest of an eight-strong contingent who will travel to Surat for the competition which takes place from December 16 to 21.

The Skegness Grammar School pupil will be joined by Commonwealth Games team silver medallist Sam Walker, David McBeath and Helshan Weerasinghe who competed alongside the latter at the European Youth Championships, in Bratislava, in July.

Among Tom’s highlights this year was a second place at the Junior Masters in the boys’ class, following on from his under 18s doubles win at last year’s Cadet and Junior National Table Tennis Championships.

In May, Tom completed the set of all four age group titles at the Butterfly Schools’ Individual Table Tennis Championships when he added the under 19s crown to those he had previously won at under 11s, 13s and 16s levels.

And two months later he helped England to a top 10 finish at the European Youth Championships, in Bratislava, winning four out of his five games.

Tom, whose ultimate aim is to represent Britain at the Olympic games, was also national under 14s schools champion in 2013, and took gold at an international schools competition three years ago.

Simon Mills, Table Tennis England’s head of coaching and performance, said: “These young players have earned the right to represent England through their recent performances.

“This is a big opportunity for them to continue their learning curves by competing at a prestigious international event, which is an important building block towards our objective to get our players to the top of the world game.”

The squad will be hoping to improve on England’s medal haul at the last Commonwealth Championships in Delhi in 2013, when they won three silvers and two bronzes.