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Ethan Regains National Title

04 Jun 2014

There was a big lead up with lots of intense training for Ethan due to the National Championships being held over the weekend 31st May. Ethan felt the pressure being the number 1 seed. Last year Ethan was the under 11 National Champion and had some tough matches to gain the title so he knew he had a battle ahead of him. Ethan sailed through his group not losing a set and seemed to have a confident frame of mind. In the quarter finals Ethan played Joshua Weatherby from Ormesby - Ethan dropped a set to make it 1-1 so the pressure was on but he came out with some amazing table tennis to win the next 2 sets comfortably 11-3, 11-4 and looked every bit the number 1 seed. The semi-finals were going to be tough as he had to face his doubles partner Tom McIntosh from Doncaster but Ethan was on fire by this time and beat Tom 3-0 - he was buzzing and ready for the final. In the final Ethan had Jamie Liu from the Kingfisher Club in Reading - Ethan ran onto the court when called to play in the final and looked mentally strong. A big crowd had come to watch the final and Ethan was up for every bit of it. Ethan won the first set easy 11-3 coming out with amazing forehand and backhand loops - he went sailing ahead 7-1 in the 2nd set and seemed completely in the zone but in a turnaround Ethan seemed to take his foot off the pedal and Jamie stole the second set to make it 1-1. Ethan came out buzzing for the third set and nobody was going to take away his title and he won the next 2 sets 11-3, 11-4.
It feels great,” said the Stevenage youngster. “I think I had some tough matches but I prepared for it and I had motivation. In the final, when Jamie came back to 1-1 I knew I had to stay relaxed.”

"I would like to thank everyone for their continued support - my coach Adam Nutland, my club BATTS and Neil Brierley, Django (Grove Leisure), and my family."
Ethan has now been selected to go to Belgium to represent England in August in the European mini Championships. Last season Ethan went to this event and as a result got a ranking of number 11 in Europe for his age group. Ethan has an exciting summer ahead of him!