Jarvis Retains Table Tennis Title

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Table tennis ace Tom Jarvis has retained his title as the Under-21 Men’s Single champion.

Tom currently lives in Sweden and plays for professional tennis club Halmstad whilst studying for his A Level’s at Skegness Grammar School (SGS).

The 16-year-old beat Helshan Weerasinghe in seven sets during a passionate match at the National Table Tennis Championships on 4th March.

Both players gave it their all throughout the competition, however it was Jarvis who emerged victorious. He had the edge on the final game with a run of points from 6-6 to 10-6, crucial to the end score of 4-3 (11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 8-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8).

Following the final match against Weerasinghe, Tom Jarvis said: “I think that’s the toughest match I’ve ever had to fight through in my life.

“He’s been in really good form in the last few weeks, so I knew I would have to play my best and do something special.”

Headteacher, Simon Sprague, told the David Ross Education Trust that he is delighted with the news. Mr Sprague said: “Everyone at Skegness Grammar School is absolutely thrilled that Tom has managed to retain his title.

“We have seen his talent develop incredibly during his time at the school, since he was picked as a travelling reserve for Team GB during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

During his time at SGS, Tom has benefitted from Odey Scholarships, the DRET sports bursary and masterclasses. The school has also supported Tom thoughout his hectic training schedule, by helping to sustain his academic achievements and encouraging the development of his great love for table tennis.

Wendy Marshall, CEO of the David Ross Education Trust, said: “We are incredibly proud of Tom for his superb attitude.

“It is an honour to have such a high performing member within the Trust and we would like to congratulate Tom for this outstanding triumph.”