Table Tennis Gold for Hammersmith Academy Student

Lianna Shilani-Tousi triumphs in London schools’ tournament

Lianna with Table Tennis England director Priya Samuel (left) and Jessica Villiers of the Jack Petchey Foundation
Lianna with Table Tennis England director Priya Samuel (left) and Jessica Villiers of the Jack Petchey Foundation. Picture: Stephen Pover

Hammersmith Academy’s Lianna Shilani-Tousi is celebrating winning a gold medal at the Jack Petchey London Schools’ Individual Table Tennis Competition.

More than 150 players competed across boys’ and girls’ events in four age groups, each comprising group and knockout stages. The competitors had previously made it through qualifying tournaments in five London areas and Essex.

She won the under-16 girls’ competition, beating Mabel Shute from Roding Valley High School 3-0 (11-9, 11-5, 12-10) in the final having earlier come from behind to beat Parmis Ahsani 3-1 (10-12, 11-6, 11-1, 13-11) in the semi-finals.

Lianna, aged 13, said, “I feel very happy. My expectation was to do well and I felt confident, so I was able to play well.”

The Jack Petchey Schools Table Tennis Championships is a partnership between the Jack Petchey Foundation and Table Tennis England to get more young people playing the sport at school for fun and also to compete. It comprises individual and team competitions which are open to boys and girls in full-time education in London and Essex. The partnership also includes the donation of indoor and outdoor table tennis tables to schools and youth clubs in London and Essex.

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May 6, 2022