Ping pong wins Tin Tin Canary Wharf’s ‘Sports Personality of the Year’
PUBLISHED: 18:42 15 February 2016 | UPDATED: 18:42 15 February 2016
A schoolgirl has beaten all the big names to win this year’s Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year title with her ping-pong.
Judges were knocked over by the achievements of 16-year old Tin Tin Ho, who trains twice a week at Morpeth School’s table-tennis club at Bethnal Green in east London.
She was crowned top Sports personality of 2016, but wasn’t there to collect her crystal trophy—because she was representing Great Britain in the Czech Republic Open Youth competition.
So her mum and dad turned up at Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden venue on Friday to collect it for her from former England cricketer Mark Ramprakas.
Tin Tin’s record includes three golds at the 2015 Table Tennis National Championships in the under-21 singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles, and a silver in the women’s singles, narrowly missing on the ‘grand slam’.
She kept a 100 per cent record in the team event at last year’s European Youth Championships in Bratislava, won the junior and senior Middlesex team gold at the County Premier, won gold at the ESTTA London East, won silver in the girls’ doubles at the Czech Youth Open and was ranked in the top 16 in the French Youth Open.
Three East End sports groups were also recognised in the Canary Wharf awards for their 2015 achievements—Ascension Eagles Serenity cheer-leading team, Poplar Blackwall & District Rowing Club and the Bangladesh Football Association.