Wakefield teenager celebrates county table tennis success
Rising star Maahi Dahiya, 15, will represent West Yorkshire in the National Final of the 47th Butterfly Schools Individual Table Tennis Championships.
The Outwood Academy City Fields student will take on some of the country’s best young players at Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton on Saturday April 2, 2022.
She earned a place at the event by battling in the County Qualifying Stages at Bradford Grammar School on January 14, 2022.
After placing second on her table for group battles, she still won the semi-finals and eventually reached the final to win the West Yorkshire Schools Individual Table Tennis Championship.
She started playing at the age of 11, because of Covid-19 she was unable to play part of last year and most of the year before. Since June last year, she has been training at Ackworth Table Tennis Club, where coaches have helped her develop her skills.
Maahi, who is keen to help grow the sport, said: “It’s not always about talent, it’s resilience, hard work and consistency that makes you an amazing athlete. So don’t stop. don’t try!”
More than 350 players representing 50 counties will gather for the national final, which is the biggest one-day table tennis competition in the country.
Several sports stars, including Rio Olympians Liam Pitchford, Paul Drinkall and Sam Walker, and Commonwealth Games medalists Tin Tin Ho and Maria Tsaptsinos, participated in this event during their school years.
Mr. Pearson, Head of Physical Education at Outwood Academy City Fields, said, “We are all very proud of Maahi’s accomplishments and wish her all the best for this event and future events. She has worked tremendously hard and it is an inspiration to others what she has achieved so far.
Ms. Colledge-Smith, Principal of Outwood Academy City Fields, said, “Maahi is an exceptional student and we are very proud of her daily achievements. She is diligent in everything she does and is a great role model for young students. Her enthusiasm for everything she does shines and her table tennis is no exception. We know she will do well and achieve her goals. “
Competitions take place at Under 11, 13, 16 and 19 levels for boys and girls. All primary and secondary schools are eligible to register players in the county rounds to qualify for these national finals
Following these Championships, the English Schools Table Tennis Committee will select representative teams to compete in the International Invitational to be held in June 2022 with teams from England, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales.