Entire Team GB table tennis team supported by SportsAid

22 May 2012

All six members of Great Britain's table tennis team for the London 2012 Olympic Games have had support from SportsAid, we are proud to confirm today.

This takes the total number of SportsAid athletes and alumni in Team GB to 68 (out of 107).

In the men's team, Andrew Baggaley, Paul Drinkhall (pictured) and Liam Pitchford have all received SportsAid awards during their careers while in the women's team Joanna Parker and Kelly Sibley have received SportsAid awards and Na Liu has been supported by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, which SportsAid manages on behalf of UK Sport.

In the official announcement on May 22, Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt said, “Both the male and female teams include a good balance of youth and experience. The likes of Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford have demonstrated great potential at junior level, which bodes well for the future of British table tennis."

Paul Drinkhall added, “It’s a great achievement to be selected for Team GB. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to play in a home Games. I can only guess how it will feel but it’s a fantastic opportunity."

Congratulations to all the athletes.

Photo: Paul Drinkhall at the World Table Tennis Championships 2011. Copyright Action Images.

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As SportsAid’s patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to shine a light on the achievements and potential of young athletes throughout the UK – an inspiring generation who one day hope to represent the nation at the Olympic or Paralympic Games. SportsAid alumnus Sir Chris Hoy welcomed the patronage by saying, “SportsAid played an important role when I was starting out so I know what a huge boost this will be to the young sportsmen and women the charity helps today. As patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will give them the profile they deserve.”

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