Sunderland’s Josh Weatherby has won his first national table tennis title.
The 12-year-old player took gold in the Under-13 Boys’ Doubles at the U10-U13 National Championships in Preston.
Playing alongside Ben Fillingham from Halifax, the pair were top seeds and lived up to billing as they reached the final without dropping a game.
Their opponents were surprise package William McCarthy and Fraser Kent, who were unseeded.
And the top pair were made to fight all the way before winning it 3-0 (11-9, 12-10, 13-11).
In the singles, Weatherby was seeded third and was in good form as he reached the semi-finals to face second seed Jamie Liu.
It was a high-quality match which both players had a chance to win, before Liu sealed it 3-2 (11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 5-11, 14-12).
It meant Weatherby had to settle for a bronze medal awarded to both losing semi-finalists, but there was no time for him to dwell on that defeat as the doubles final started minutes later.
The Monkwearmouth Academy student said: “It was quite hard to get my mind off the last match, but after the first end I was fine.
“I think I played quite well in the doubles and actually I played well in the singles, but I didn’t do enough in the last little bit.”