TABLE TENNIS: Matthew Outhwaite competes at Olympic venue

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Medals in 2012 Schools Games

Matt Outhwaite, a pupil in year 12 at Lawrence Sheriff School, competed at the Sainsbury’s School Games in London last week.

This year’s competition had been brought forward to May, rather than September, so that Olympic venues could be used before the summer, which meant that Matt had the wonderful experience of playing table tennis as part of the England (Midlands) team in the ExCeL Arena at a really major multisport event.

Other halls at the centre were used for gymnastics, fencing, badminton, volleyball and wheelchair basketball.

It was a tremendous atmosphere and Matt played really well winning all his singles matches.

Overall the Midlands team beat England (North East), England (North West) and Scotland in their groups, then exceeded all expectation by beating England (South West) in their semi-final. England (South East) proved just too strong for the Midlands squad in the final, but it was an excellent achievement to win silver medals at such a prestigious event.

The Midlands girls and disability groups also reached their finals and with another silver for the girls and gold for the disability group the Midlands team won the overall gold.

The following day they visited the Olympic Park to watch athletics and swimming and get a taste of what the atmosphere will be like during the Olympics.

Matt also recently came third at the National finals of the Schools individual competition in Doncaster and is one of four U18 boys selected to represent England Schools in Guernsey at the end of June.

Matt wearing his gold and silver medals at the School Games.