Table tennis Tom’s just champion

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A talented Skegness table tennis player has become English Schools’ Under 13s champion.

Tom Jarvis travelled to the Doncaster Dome where he won eight matches to lift the title.

It is turning into quite a season for the 13-year-old Skegness Grammar School student.

He won the under 14s national single title and, with his partner Luke Savill, also lifted the doubles earlier this month at a tournament in Tipton.

Tom, the son of Julie and David, has made five appearances for the England Under 15s squad since September, travelling to Malta, Serbia, Poland, Czech Republic and, most recently, France.

He was “really pleased” to have become English Schools’ champion after beating some tough opponents.

He said: “My role model is Zhang Jike, the reigning world and Olympic singles champion, from China. He’s my inspiration and I’d like to emulate his success.”

Head of physical education at Skegness Grammar School Amanda Black said: “He trains before and after school each day, enhancing his skills on the table and maintaining a high level of fitness. He deserves his success and we wish him well.