International stars coming to Medway
International stars coming to Medway

Commonwealth Games medallists are coming to Medway Park next week for an evening of top-class international table tennis.

It will be the first chance to watch the Team England stars compete on home soil since their Commonwealth Games heroics earlier this year.

The men’s team host Serbia and the women face Greece in their final group matches on Tuesday November 20 in what promises to be a thrilling double-header at the Gillingham venue.

The men’s team includes: Olympian and six times Commonwealth Games medallist Paul Drinkhall, Olympian and two times Commonwealth Games medallist Sam Walker.

The women’s team includes three times Commonwealth Games medallist Tin-Tin Ho and Commonwealth Games medallist Maria Tsaptsinos.

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, commented: “We are delighted to have been selected by Table Tennis England once again to host the European Team Championship Stage 1 matches at the prestigious Medway Park.

“We’re thrilled that Team England will be competing at Medway Park for the first time since their success at the Commonwealth Games.

“This is a great chance to watch international sport at our top class venue.”

Medway Park was a happy hunting ground the last time it hosted an international match in 2016, when three-time Commonwealth Games medallist Tin-Tin Ho led England women to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Slovenia.

Table Tennis England Director of Sport Simon Mills said: “We’re pleased to be back at Medway Park, which has proved to be a great venue for us in the past.

“The energy of the crowd getting behind our team was an important factor the last time we were there.

“Our top players are confident of putting in a good performance and giving the spectators plenty more to cheer about.”

As well as the chance to watch the Team England stars compete, the public can try table tennis for themselves in the fan zone. Among the activities on offer will be the table tennis robot, where spectators can test their reaction time and see if they can top the leader board.

With qualification for the next stage of the European Championships at stake, there’s plenty to play for and the support of a passionate home crowd could make all the difference.

The double-header is at Medway Park, Gillingham, on Tuesday November 20, starting at 6pm. Access to the fan zone is from 5pm. Tickets are now on sale priced at £5 for adults, £3 for under-16s, students and senior citizens and £10 for a family ticket for two adults and two children.

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