Chichester-based junior table-tennis international Lois Peake will be heading for the K2 in Crawley to play in the Heritage Oil Open this weekend.
The open is the highest-standard table tennis event run in England since the London 2012 Olympics and has a 200-strong entry including the English, Welsh and Irish Commonwealth teams in preparation for the Commonwealth Games later in the summer in Glasgow.
The English team include the No1 seed in the men’s event, Liam Pitchford (world ranked 56), who is rated No4 in the world at under-21 level and Paul Drinkhall (world 82), who recently won the major world pro tour event in Spain.
In the women’s event English stars such as Jo Drinkhall (world 106) , Kelly Sibley (138) and 15-year-old Tin Tin Ho (221 senior) will also be attending.
Other major stars competing include Adam Pattantyus (world 86) and Petra Lovas (world 76) from Hungary plus Galia Dvorak (world 90) from Spain all of whom competed in the London 2012 Olympics.
Organisers are delighted Fangxian Yi, a former China National team player (world 44), will be making the trip from China to the tournament.
The men’s and women’s open events will take place on Saturday, July 5, up to and including the quarter-finals. The semi-finals and finals will be played at BT Sport studio, London, on July 7.
Entry is free at K2 so please go and support the event.