Commonwealth table tennis star visits Spilsby Academy

Commonwealth table tennis player Hannah Hicks gives the Spilsby King Edward VI students some expert table tennis guidance.
Commonwealth table tennis player Hannah Hicks gives the Spilsby King Edward VI students some expert table tennis guidance.
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Students at King Edward VI Academy were visited by Commonwealth Games table tennis player Hannah Hicks.

Hannah has represented England at the last two Commonwealth Games and is currently ranked fourth in the country.

The afternoon started with Hannah running a coaching masterclass with six of the most talented table tennis players in the academy.

The session looked at both forehand and backhand techniques, with a noticeable improvement seen by players after the tutorial.

This was followed by an exhibition match between Hannah and Natalie Green, who coaches table tennis at KEVI and is a former national champion herself.

A crowd of more than 60 students witnessed the fast paced rallies and incredible spin that the two players could put on the ball, with many in astonishment at the speed in which the game was played.

Following this, the students had an opportunity to ask Hannah questions about her journey and life as an elite athlete.

The final part of Hannah’s visit was to work with year seven table tennis star, Darcie Proud, who was lucky enough to have a one-to-one coaching session for over an hour, working on different aspects of her game.

Not only this, but she had a chance to practice a variety of shots against a table tennis robot, which can provide different shots and spin in which Darcie could practice against.

Chris Everton, sports enrichmentoOfficer, said: “It was a great afternoon with Hannah, which all the students enjoyed. It was brilliant for Darcie to work with an elite athlete and inspire her to reach that level.”