Tin-Tin Ho has been named Athlete of the Year at the 2022 TASS Stars Awards.

The England No 1 won the accolade ahead of athletes from sailing, wheelchair tennis and modern pentathlon.

As it was announced during the Commonwealth Games, Ho was unable to attend the ceremony.

However, Women’s Coach Kelly Sibley and Team Leader Matt Stanforth were able to organise a presentation of the trophy to Ho during the Games.

TASS – the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme – is a Sport England funded initiative which helps athletes in education and aged 16-plus to get the very best from their sporting and academic careers without having to choose between the two.

Ho is currently studying for a medical degree at the University of Nottingham and has combined that with her table tennis career, including last year becoming the first GB female athlete since 1996 to qualify in her own right for the Olympic Games.

Ho said: “It sounds good to be TASS Star of the Year. I’m very happy to win the award and very grateful because it recognises my studies and my table tennis as well.

“I’ve had a lot of support from TASS. They support me with my sport psychology sessions and SSC (conditioning) and a bit of funding as well. I think the sport psych has helped a lot, especially recently.

“It’s pretty hard combining studies with being an elite athlete. This year has been especially hard with my placements in hospitals, so maybe I’ve done quite well in the Games considering that, although I’m quite disappointed not to win any medals.

“But it’s a dream to be able to combine the two, and I’m able to do that, so I’m very grateful.”