Bromley girl wins London school table tennis tournament
PUBLISHED: 11:05 05 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:05 05 March 2015
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It was her first time in the competition
Hot shot table tennis player Naomi Felix from Bromley’s Newstead School took top honours in the Jack Petchey Foundation London Schools Singles competition.
The South London regional final of the singles Girls U13 category was hosted by Stanley Park School in Sutton. The competition brought together teams from schools in Bromley, Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton.
Naomi Felix, 12-years-old, was playing for the first time in this competition. She beat team mate Laura Tate, also aged 12, in the final. Naomi previously played in the London Schools’ team events and got through to the final.
Naomi followed her Dad - who is a keen table tennis player - into the sport.
Naomi, who has been playing for three years and competitively for 18 months said: “My Dad gives me some pointers and I enjoy going to competitions and meeting new people. It’s quite social too. The competition was challenging but I am glad I came through and can’t wait for the final.”
Another Newstead player Filipa Tunaru, aged 15, was runner up in the Girls U16 category.
Teacher Mrs Shue manages the teams for the school. She said “We are really proud of our players and every year we see big improvements. There is a good team spirit and they are going from strength to strength. Gaining success is keeping them motivated. A coach comes into the school once a week but the sport is so popular with the girls they like to play every day.”