Players put medals on the table at university championships

Table tennis players at Nottingham Trent University enjoyed another medal haul in the British Universities and Colleges Sport championships.

Table tennis players at Nottingham Trent University enjoyed another medal haul in the British Universities and Colleges Sport championships.

Chris Doran won the men's singles gold, beating number one seed Danny Reed, who is also ranked fourth in England, at the competition held at the University of Nottingham's Park Campus Sports Hall on 22 and 23 February.

Chris continued the winning streak, picking up gold with Sean Cullen in the men’s doubles in an all Nottingham Trent University final against Danny Lowe and Josh Robinson who picked up sliver. Chris and Sean were also made to work in the semi-final against another duo from the University – Joe Killoran and Emran Hussain who picked up bronze.

Chris said: "I've had really good competitions in previous years but this was the best because it was the hardest year being up against Danny, so to play well and win both the singles and doubles was fantastic."

Nottingham Trent University's women also demonstrated their skills with Alice Loveridge and Emma Vickers collecting gold in the women’s doubles with a 3-2 victory over the University of Liverpool. Alice also won bronze in the womens singles.

Combining forces paid off for the University in the mixed doubles where Chris Doran and Emma Vickers won silver and Sean Cullen and Alice Loveridge picked up bronze.

Emma said: "The standard at the competition is getting so much higher so we did really well to come away with these medals." Emma has seen the profile of the sport in Nottingham raised in the past four years. "I was one of the first, four years ago, the set up wasn't really here then but now it has got so much bigger and hopefully we can keep building on that."

With Nottingham's two universities occupying the top positions in BUCS Table Tennis for a second year running, it is entirely appropriate that the sport will be included in the Nottingham Varsity Series for the first time this year; the inaugural Nottingham Varsity table tennis match will take place at Nottingham Trent University's Clifton Campus on Friday, 14 March.

James Hayter, director of Sports and Lifestyle at Nottingham Trent University, said: "I am thrilled that our table tennis players have yet again proved themselves to be the best in university sport in the UK. With table tennis now being included in the Varsity Series, it will provide yet another show case for the high standard of sport in the city's two universities."

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    Nottingham Trent University enjoyed success in other sports at the in the BUCS league during the weekend of February 22 and 23.

    Women's Squash:
    Women's Individuals Silver – Sophie Lemom put in a fantastic performance to become Women's Squash runner-up and take home a silver medal.

    Athletics:
    Men's 800m– Rob Needham went one better than last year's Indoor Bronze medal taking a silver in the men's 800m in a time just short of his personal best.

    Karate:
    In the second day of competition, Kerry Dent was awarded bronze in the Women's Novice Kumite U63kg. Henna Shah was expected to medal but missed out after a draw in her fight led to a judges call of 3-2. Henna flies out to Malta in a few weeks for the Maltese open.

Players put medals on the table at university championships

Published on 5 March 2014
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