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Team England ready to bat it out

19 July 2002

Performance director for the England table tennis team, Soren Ahlen, has declared his team ready to go.

Katy Parker

Katy Parker will team up with Matthew Syed for the mixed doubles

“Everything is good so far and no-one is injured. The chances are there to gain medals if we play well. We have done all the hard training and now practise with very good quality. We are ‘peaking’ at the right time and it looks good. We have all been looking forward to this, waiting for a long, long time. We are ready.” He said.

England has high medal hopes in the men’s singles with number two seed, Matthew Syed, aiming to become the first Commonwealth Games table tennis champion. This will be the first time table tennis has ever featured at a Commonwealth Games.

There are also medal hopes for his fellow team mates Gareth Herbert and the 19-year-old national champion Andrew Baggaley, who will also pair up for the mens doubles.

England’s other doubles combination will be Alex Perry and Terry Young, who will be attempting to repeat their 2001 New Delhi Commonwealth Championships gold.

In the mixed doubles Alex Perry and Helen Lower pair up, as do Gareth Herbert and Nicola Deaton, Andrew Baggaley and Georgina Walker. Matthew Syed will team up with national junior number one, Katy Parker.

In the women’s doubles, 5 times national champion Deaton will play with Lower, while juniors Walker and Kate Steward will play together.

The table tennis will take place in the Table Tennis Centre at Sportcity. The facility provides an excellent venue for table tennis with one of the halls accommodating the four show courts and the majority of the spectator seating. The other hall holds up to six competition tables and a number of warm up/practice tables.

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