Morpeth squad return from Olympic trip

PUBLISHED: 13:38 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:39 05 October 2010

Eight table-tennis players from Morpeth School are back in London following a three-week training camp at the Beijing Olympics

Eight table-tennis players from Morpeth School are back in London following a three-week training camp at the Beijing Olympics.

The Morpeth squad of six girls - Sayeeda Anjum Miah, Harriet Taylor, Majada Yasmin, Chantal Wilson, Sally Hoang and Shazmina Yasmin - and boys' duo Rafi Conn-Kowlessar and Ashley Facey Thompson were selected for the trip to China by sponsors Greenhouse TTK, the school sports charity.

The table tennis stars were put through their paces at the National Centre in Beijing by a group of top international coaches and were paired with Chinese training partners, many of whom had begun playing at the age of five.

Leading players from Sweden, the United States, Beligum and Italy were also being coached at the centre, which combined high-quality table tennis lessons with gruelling physical exercises.

The Morpeth squad were also invited to attend the Olympics table tennis tournament, which saw China complete a clean sweep as the host country took all four gold medals to set the seal on their domination of the sport.

"We were thrilled to be coached by top Chinese players in the greatest table tennis country," said Hoang, 14.

"Watching the table tennis at the Olympics was an extraordinary experience. The audience all shouting 'come on' in Chinese was very intimidating for anyone playing against them."

Morpeth coach Grant Solder added that the squad have shown marked improvement after returning from the training camp.

He said: "Once they returned to their routine training schedule at school, it was clear that the players had improved dramatically and had picked up some Chinese techniques.

"We are grateful for this fantastic opportunity funded and organised by our generous sponsors Greenhouse TTK.

Latest East London Sports News


Nominations are officially open for this year's FA & McDonald's Grassroots Football Awards.


Grow the Game is back for the tenth year in a row, with £1.5million available for clubs to turn their aspirations of creating new female and disability teams into reality.


Club secretaries, managers and coaches can now organise matches and training more easily thanks to an FA initiative alongside PayPal - the free FA Matchday app.


Leyton Orient have announced that goalkeeper Sam Sargeant has extended his contract at the club until the summer of 2022.

Yesterday, 14:54

West Ham manager David Moyes insists Saturday's crunch clash with Southampton will not make or break their season.

The Hammers go into the Southampton game desperate for points

Yesterday, 13:37

The Football Association [The FA] has today launched the 'Pledge of Positivity' which asks parents and spectators involved in under-18s grassroots football to commit to creating a more positive environment at matches across the country.

Yesterday, 13:00

Matt Withers is joined by Dave Evans, Jacob Ranson and Dan Bennett for another East London Football Podcast.


Festival organisers AEG Presents will once again be providing a variety of exciting opportunities for young people at this year's event

Looking to rent in London? Securing the keys to a new home in any big city can be an ordeal but there is a way to avoid the common pitfalls of London rentals - dodgy landlords, dubious décor and downright dicey security.

Cauldron Foods' comedy night will give vegans the last laugh as Vegan comics dispel vegan myths.

Most read sport

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser