Hackney boy a potential ping pong prodigy

George Jackson won the Jack Petchey East London Regional Singles table tennis competition. Credit: Stephen Pover.

A ten year old boy from Hackney who only took up ping pong last year has won a major London table tennis competition.

George Jackson, a pupil at Sir Thomas Abney School in Stoke Newington, won the Jack Petchey East London Regional Singles table tennis competition last Thursday, 28 February.

He defeated Paris Androulidakis, of City of London School by two games to love to win the under-11 boys’ competition.  His win at the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park means he will now go on to play in the finals on 9th June.

Speaking after his victory, George said he enjoys table tennis because it’s an easy sport to get into and to play well. “The standard was high today so I am glad I won,” he said. “I am looking forward to the final as I played in the team event and we came third.”

The under-11 competition was one of four competitions being run that day for a total of 138 players from 13 London schools.

The Jack Petchey Table Tennis Programme, co-organised by Table Tennis England, runs both individual and team competitions for schools in London and Essex; nearly 6,000 students have played in competitions during the last year.

Greg Yarnall, head of development and volunteering at Table Tennis England said: “We thank the Jack Petchey Foundation for encouraging more young people to take up table tennis. We are very grateful for their continuing support.”