Year 10 student Kyle Murie has come top in his local table tennis league just 18 months after taking up the sport. Kyle, along with his friend Ryan Cassidy, and dad, Ken, plays for Corby Town in the Kettering District League. They played 20 league games and were only beaten three times, moving up from third place in December to top spot by the end of the season. The trio were presented with their trophy at a sports presentation evening in Wellingborough over the recent holidays.
Kyle said: ‘We have been promoted to the next league – division two, which will be a lot tougher as we will compete with more experienced players. We also won the ET trophy which is given for improving your score over a series of games. Tom Cardwell is my coach and there are four basic techniques that you have to learn; two forehand shots and two backhands. I am getting more accurate and my serve has improved as well. We are really pleased that we came top of our league as I really wasn’t expecting it! Table tennis is a great sport and I like helping the newer players, the youngest one is around eight years old.’
Corby Table Tennis Club runs on Wednesday evenings at Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre in Alberta Close. Beginners play from 18:00 to 19:00 while the improvers session is from 19:00 to 20:00. Coaching is available and the club is open from September to June.