Eight different schools provided the winners as the 2023 champions were crowned at the Jack Petchey Foundation Schools Table Tennis Individual Finals.
More than 150 players competed across boys’ and girls’ events in four age groups. Adam Alibhai (picture above) of Chigwell School and Jonabel Taguibao of St George’s Catholic School won a title for the second year in succession.
Jack Petchey Foundation Trustee Ron Mills and Senior Partnerships Officer Peta Cubberly were in attendance and presented the medals at the University of East London’s SportsDock centre, alongside Table Tennis England Director Priya Samuel.
All pictures by Stephen Pover – more will appear on our Flickr page in the next few days.
Taha Shamakh and Charlton Ngitngit played out a five-game match to decide the title and it was Shamakh who prevailed 3-2 (6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7).
It was the closest final of the day and Shamakh, from St Edward’s Catholic Primary in Westminster, overcame his St Mary’s Junior opponent to take the gold.
Both had won their semi-finals 3-1 – Shamakh against his brother Malek and Ngitngit against Adam Riadi of London Academy.
The victor was Inayah Zasella of London Academy, who defeated Nightingale Primary’s Maisha Patel in the final.
It was a 3-0 victory for Zasella, though two of the games were close as she took the title with an 11-2, 12-10, 11-8 scoreline.
Both had won their semi-finals 3-0 as the champion saw off Zoe Gonpot of Belmont Junior 12-10, 11-1, 11-5 and Patel defeated Adbuna Das of Stanway Fiveways 11-3, 11-9, 11-8.
In fact, Zasella did not drop a single game through the group or knockout stages.
Adam Alibhai of Chigwell School retained his title as he beat Teagan Khazal in the final.
Alibhai, fresh from competing at the World Table Tennis event in Berlin, won 3-1 (11-8, 11-3, 6-11, 11-9) against his opponent from St George’s Catholic School.
The bronze medallists were Oliver Tong from Highgate School, who was beaten 3-1 (11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 12-10) by Khazal, and Angad Saggu of Nishkam School, who was beaten 3-0 (3, 7, 7) by Alibhai.
Kelly Ng of Wallington High School took the gold medal with a 3-0 victory over Lok Yui Lam from Overton Grange in the final.
The scoreline was 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 in favour of Ng, who had beaten Isabella Turner-Samuels (Putney High) 3-1 (11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8) in the semi-finals.
The other bronze medal went to Ashleigh Sharp (Morpeth School), who lost 3-0 (11-4, 11-3, 11-1) to Lam in the other semi-final.
Max Radiven, who lost in the under-13 final last year to Alibhai, got his gold medal this year as he beat James Donald in the final.
Radiven, from JCOSS in north London overcame his St John’s School opponent 3-1 (11-7, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7).
In the semi-finals, Donald defeated Max Gonpot of Woodside High 3-1 (12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5), while Radiven got past Shahuraj Nimse of London Academy 3-1 (11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6).
Jonabel Taguibao won last year’s under-19 event but took the younger age group this year on behalf of St George’s Catholic School.
She defeated Alesha Ellis-Austin of Moulsham High 3-0 (11-8, 11-4, 11-8) in the final.
Both semi-finals were 3-0 as Ellis-Austin won 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 against Anishka Kumar of Wallington High and Taguibao overcame school-mate Luna Archard 11-3, 11-7, 11-9.
Taguibao had a tough quarter-final, defeating London Academy’s Alisha Dutta 3-2 (11-8, 6-11, 12-14, 11-4, 11-5).
Chidumebi Egbeama of Wallington Grammar did not lose a game all tournament as he won the gold.
His final opponent was Catalin Alcaz of Park Academy and Egbeama won 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-5).
The bronze medallists were Akal Dosanjh of Wallington Grammar, who lost 3-2 (8-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-4) to a fine comeback by Alcaz, and Nikita Tkachuk of Anglo European School, who was beaten 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 by Egbeama.
Parmis Ahsani of St Mary’s & St John’s CE School in Hendon won 3-0 (11-8, 11-4, 11-6) in the final against Mauli Shah of London Academy.
The semi-finals saw Shah defeat Eleanor Turner-Samuels of Putney High 3-0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-8), while Ahsani was 3-0 (11-6, 11-5, 15-14) victor over Yuvathi Kumar of Wallington High.