Sunderland schools’ medal haul from table tennis championship

Sainsbury's School games Table Tennis Finals at Sandhill View School  Sunderland on Tuesday.

Sainsbury's School games Table Tennis Finals at Sandhill View School Sunderland on Tuesday.

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YOUNGSTERS across the city were on the ball when it came to a table tennis championship.

Four city schools won medals at the Sainsbury’s School Games Table Tennis finals, which were held at Sandhill View School.

More than 80 pupils from across Tyne and Wear qualified for the finals at the Grindon school.

In the boys’ competition Sunderland swept the board with Southmoor Academy winning gold in the under 13 category and Oxclose Community Academy secured first place in the under 16 category.

Biddick Academy and Kepier both won bronze in the girls’ under 13 and under 16 competitions respectively.

Matthew Walmsley, 12, from Southmoor Academy, said: “This is my second year taking part in the School Games. Last year we got to the final of the Sunderland area but lost against Biddick, so I’m really happy we managed to qualify for the final.”

Luke Steel, 14, from Oxclose Community Academy, said: “I like it when I get to compete against other people when playing sport and that’s what the School Games is all about.”

Jade Halliday, 12, a pupil at Biddick Academy, said: “This is my first time taking part in the School Games but it’s great. I like getting out of the classroom but I also like it because taking part in sport helps me stay fit and healthy.”

The Sainsbury’s School Games gives every pupil the opportunity to take part in competitive sport.

More than £100million of Lottery and Government funding is being injected into the games between 2012 and 2015. Claire Elliott, School Games Co-ordinator at Tyne and Wear Sport, said: “The School Games has given children across the region the opportunity to embrace sport like never before.

“We are delighted to have engaged so many pupils in sport through the School Games and we are excited by the potential of this project to have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people across the region.”