Grammar School’s table tennis star clinches national titles

Skegness Grammar School student Tom Jarvis on his way to winning the English Under 15 Table Tennis Association Cadet National title.
Skegness Grammar School student Tom Jarvis on his way to winning the English Under 15 Table Tennis Association Cadet National title.
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Skegness table tennis star Tom Jarvis has continued a terrific run of form to clinch the singles and doubles English Under 15 Table Tennis Association Cadet National titles.

The 13-year-old dropped only one end as he made it through to the singles final, held at the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre in Preston.

The Skegness Grammar School ODEY scholar, a losing singles finalist last year, overturned a 7-2 deficit in the final set to lift the title against Luke Savill, from Maidstone in Kent.

Tom said: “The last set was certainly nervy, but it had been a long day and I wasn’t prepared to lose another final.”

Over the same weekend, Tom competed in the U18 singles event, reaching the quarter finals.

There was not much time to rest though as Tom and Luke paired up to defend their 2012 doubles title.

In an entertaining final, Tom and Luke managed to link well and displayed an array of shots to race into a two-set lead.

Despite losing the third game, Tom and Luke managed to dismiss the threat of a potential fight back and claimed their second successive doubles award.

Tom, the son of Julie and David, has represented England at under 15s level, travelling to various countries.

Earlier this year, he become English Schools’ Under 13s champion and also lifted the under 14s national single title and the doubles with Luke.

He will participate in the U15 and U18 Masters Tournaments in early January against the top 12 players in the county in a round robin format at Burton and Uxbridge Table Tennis Club.

Mr Sprague, the headmaster, said the school was proud of Tom’s achievements.

“He’s incredible committed to his sport and we’re pleased to be able to do what we can to encourage him to reach his goals,” Mr Sprague said.