Table tennis stars come to Nottingham for National Table Tennis Day

As part of National Table Tennis Day, some well known stars of the sport were in the city centre to get people involved.

As part of the national day, famous players came together on Smithy Row in the city centre to compete against passers by.

20-year-old Sam Walker from Worksop plays table tennis professionally in Germany. He has two senior national titles both in Tin-Tin Ho and has also been the national under 21 champion for the last two years.

He was in the city centre trying to get people to play against him.

I think table tennis is a game where it doesn’t matter how old you are you can just pick up a bat and start playing.

Sam Walker, professional table tennis player.

Kelly Sibley, of Leamington, was also at the event, she is currently England’s number one female player. She is a five time national women’s singles champion and also has six women’s doubles and three mixed doubles titles.

She represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

Video: Kelly Sibley talks about how she got into the sport.

The event also saw huge tennis table star Desmond Douglas taking part. Desmond was England number one for a decade and reached career highs of number three in Europe and number seven in the world.

As a legend in table tennis Desmond was keen to encourage others to get involved.

He said: I’ll just go have a hit on the table, maybe challenge a few of the locals and just show them what a fun sport table tennis is.”

The day appeared to be extremely popular as people cued up to get a chance to battle against the table tennis professionals.

Tables are still dotted around the city as part of the Ping! summer event organised by Table Tennis England, providing weeks of table tennis opportunities for the public.


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