Skegness table tennis star Tom Jarvis wins double gold

Skegness teenager Tom Jarvis on the podium. EMN-140809-133900001
Skegness teenager Tom Jarvis on the podium. EMN-140809-133900001
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Tom Jarvis is celebrating a golden double at the Sainsbury’s School Games 2014 in Manchester.

The 14-year-old Skegness Grammar School pupil was unbeaten in the team event as he helped the England Midlands squad claim the title, following that up with the individual gold.

Jarvis won all seven singles matches and four doubles ties in partnership with Sam Mabey as Midlands made it through their group and then saw off South West in the semi-finals to set up a repeat of last year’s final against South East.

And his five-set (11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8) victory over Danny Lawrence in the first match paved the way for the Midlands to avenge last year’s defeat.

After Mabey and Alex Ramsden had won their singles matches, Jarvis and Mabey set the seal on a 4-0 victory in the best-of-seven clash with a doubles win in four sets.

Jarvis said: “We all had good preparation on and off the table and I felt we are good as a team and all support each other. We all played the best we could in the final. We knew it was a step up from our other matches.”

“We were expecting another 4-3 battle like last year and knew it was going to be a long match and a tough battle. But the luck was with us at crucial points.”

Jarvis then had a shock in the individual group stages, losing to Wales’ Jac Jenkins. But he recovered to make it into the knockout stages and did not drop a set from the last 16 until the final, when he faced Midlands team-mate Ramsden.

Jarvis took the first set 11-5, but Ramsden levelled with an 11-6 set.

However, Jarvis stepped things up to take the next two 11-3, 11-7 to clinch the gold.

“It feels so good. A lot of hard work has gone into it in training every day and I’m pleased it’s paid off.

“I looked at my group and thought it was quite tough, but I managed to get through it and that gave me confidence,” he added.