It’s been a busy end of season for Bristol’s Louis Price on the Table Tennis circuit. Having had his 12th birthday in May, the St Bede’s pupil had a packed calendar of competition.
Following his hard training with the England Junior team over the last few months, Louis moved onto Preston for the English National Championships held over the weekend of 25th/26th June. He continued his good form with a Bronze in the Under 13 Doubles on the Saturday and Silver in the Under 12 Singles losing a high tempo match against the number 1 seed.
Prior to the Nationals, Louis was selected to play at the Danish International tournament just outside Copenhagen and came away with winning gold in the U13 team event. He remained unbeaten over 2 days of grueling matches, beating both the number 1 and 2 seeds in the competition along the way.
Daniel Ives, his coach said “the hard work Louis has put in over the last year has paid off very well – Runner-Up at the Nationals is a great achievement – This will give his huge confidence with tough competitions over the summer in Malta, Germany and finally at the Euro Championships in France at the end of August”
Saturday under 13’s singles and doubles
I am very proud of the Bristol players at the National Championships this weekend! Outstanding play by Berty Kelly taking gold in the under 11 singles! Louis Price and doubles partner David Gofton finished third in the under 13’s event. Excellent play by Benjamin Greve reaching the Quarter Final of the under 11’s.
Louis Price, Stan Shilton and coach Dan Ives have just returned from the 26th andro Kids Open, held from the 21st to 23rd August 2015 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Over 1400 kids participated in 8 different age categories from 1999 to 2006.
Last Friday the 21st August, myself, Louis Price and Stan Shilton travelled from Bristol to Dusseldorf in Germany where the boys took part in the Andro Kids Open. The Open is Europe’s biggest Table Tennis event with over 1400 youth participants.
In the under 12 category Louis Price had a great run to the semi-finals where he lost to the eventual winner 11-9 in the fifth. A great result with lots of matches over the weekend gaining Louis a bronze medal. Louis has been training very hard leading up to he event having taken part in training camps in Belgium and France. With over 40 countries represented, this marked a great end to a successful summer on Louis hectic table tennis schedule.
In the under 13 category Stan Shilton made it through to the last 16 losing a tight 5 setter to a strong opponent from Germany. The duo gained excellent experience with a lot of matches against a wide variation of players with different styles. An excellent International debut for Stan Shitlon.
Bristol Table Tennis Coach Dan Ives, commented – “their hard work is paying off, a great result competing against some very good European players”.
Stan Shilton (left) and Louis Price (right) taking on Holland in the team event.
This June saw Bristol Table Tennis Coach Daniel Ives team up with 10 x Scottish Table Tennis Champion Gavin Rumgay in an exciting new training camp at the Civil Service Table Tennis Club in Bristol.
The camp took place on Saturday 20th June 2015 and gave players a fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the best coaches and players in the UK.
Thanks to the amazing assistance from training partner Christoph Zickert and Miles Ross.
Stay tuned for our upcoming training camp in London in August.
Here is a video from the training camp below:
Thanks to everyone who took part, plenty more camps to follow!
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Last Sunday on the 8th February the 2015 Bristol Closed took place at the WISE Campus in SGS College. The day had a fantastic turnout with over 300 games taking place with a staggering 21 events!
It was a great to see so many players from all ages participating. I was there helping and giving advice to players I coach who were also representing my website TableTennisDaily throughout the day. In particular TableTennisDaily’s Dean Cundy who won the prestigious Men’s Singles title for a fourth year in a row. This is the first time this has been achieved since the 1970’s.