A 12-YEAR-OLD table tennis player from Caversham has seen off competition from 16 other youngsters to be selected for an international tournament
A 12-YEAR-OLD table tennis player from Caversham has seen off competition from 16 other youngsters to be selected for an international tournament.
Jamie Liu, of Rufus Isaacs Road, was one of three boys and three girls selected to go to Doha for the 2016 International Table Tennis Federation World Hopes Week and Challenge after a strong performance at a European camp in Luxembourg.
Jamie, who goes to Shiplake College, spent a week at the Eurotalents Hopes Selection Camp during the Easter holiday. The camp comprised training and tournaments, with the lucky six chosen at the end of the week.
Despite coming fourth in the final tournament, Jamie was selected among the three top boys to go forward thanks to a strong showing in training sessions. The youngster, who has been playing the sport for four years and has already won national tournaments, said: “It went well. On the first day we had a ranking tournament to see our positions in training and were then split into two groups — A and B. I was in Group A. I was really surprised when I was selected because I only came fourth but they also assess the training during the week.
“I’m really looking forward to Doha now and seeing all the other players from other countries, as well as being coached by top class coaches.”
Jamie started playing the sport after his brother attended a table tennis camp and he was later invited along. After finding he had a knack for it, he sought out more sessions closer to home.
The youngster lives with his parents Cookie, a teacher, who went with him to Luxembourg, and Angela, as well as siblings Sophie, 18, and Sam, 16.
Mrs Liu said: “We are over the moon, this is where he’s been training to get to. Just to be at the Luxembourg camp alone is a great achievement but this is fantastic.
“We are so pleased for him, he’s put a lot of effort and hard work in to this sport for the last few years and he’s really enjoying it.”
James Gaunt, director of sport at Shiplake College, added: “Jamie is a remarkable pupil, he has an outstanding sporting talent which hand in hand with his fantastic attitude are taking him to the top of the table tennis game at such a young age.”
The Doha camp will take place on Sunday, May 29 to Saturday, June 4.