Bromley College table tennis star scoops double gold at School Games

PUBLISHED: 16:57 08 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:58 08 September 2016

Hamish Friell (second from left) with the runners-up

Hamish Friell (second from left) with the runners-up


The teenager faced opponents from across the UK

A Bromley College student has been celebrating after winning double gold in table tennis at the School Games.

Nineteen-year-old Hamish Friell and teammate Shae Thakker represented the South East and remained unbeaten against teams from across the UK.

Their achievement was all the more impressive due to the fact that many other teams fielded three players in the round-robin event, which combined standing, learning and wheelchair disability athletes.

The only time they dropped points was in a 1-1 draw against South West, who were also fielding no wheelchair player.

Hamish later added an individual gold with a convincing win over Sid Mohanty of Wales.

He commented: “It feels amazing. All I really wanted was a medal but I didn’t think I would get gold in the singles because last year it was really difficult. But I’ve improved a lot.

“I was trying to keep my nerves calm – it’s very nerve-wracking to have a lot of people watching you.”

The 2016 School Games were held at Loughborough University from September 1 to 4.

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