Current Todmorden High School student Megan and past student Jess, are both making fantastic progress in their sport which could see them both competing at the games in Rio, 2016.
Where it all began…
Megan, Year 9, is being trained by the English Table Tennis Association (ETTA) and her coaches believe she has got what it takes to go for gold in four years’ time. Megan’s talent was first spotted at a disability sport event in Leeds two years ago.
Training sessions at Todmorden High School
Shaun Alvey, ETTA regional disability coach works with Megan and her club coach, Gill Chadwick on a weekly basis at Todmorden High School. Other students have also benefitted from these coaching sessions, which are open to them after school. Paul Dureden, Head of Creative Studies explained how much the school has benefitted from these sessions. ‘The students have seen how good Megan is and she is an inspiration to them and she is now coaching some of her peers’.
Megan Meets Paralympic Medalist, Will Bayley
Megan was recently granted Sports Aid funding to enable her to go on to training at the national centre in Sheffield, the funding is to enable Megan to travel and stay over. She also recently met Paralympian Will Bayley who won silver and bronze in London Will stated that Megan has the talent to conquer the world in disability table tennis.
Megan has won a number of titles
In December, Megan competed in the Liverpool Open and Won the silver medal in the mixed wheelchair competition. Megan also won the Player of the championship in the Yorkshire Championships in August as well as the Wheelchair title and female open title.
Megan’s development is going from strength to strength, watch this space for more updates on her progress!
Where it all began…
Jess started Rowing in Year 7 at THS as part of project Oarsome which involved a ‘dry start’ on rowing machines in the school gym progressing to rowing on Hollingworth Lake. Jess really exceled in this and obviously enjoyed it so became a member of Hollingworth Rowing Club and began rowing regularly in regattas for them.
It was soon realised by her coaches at the club that she had a talent in the sport so they took her to the GB Rowing Junior trials where she was quickly selected to be a member of Team GB in the World Junior Rowing Championships in 2011, rowing as part of the Womens Quadruple Skull team at the Olympic Facility, Eton Dorney. This success was repeated in 2012 with her once again being selected to represent GB in this event which was held in Bulgaria.
This year Jess also competed in the Jubillee regatta which saw crews from all over the world take part, Jess and her rowing partner won their U19 final comfortably however they then qualified for the senior womens final where they finished in Bronze medal position beating some strong senior crews.
Competing in the Sydney Youth Olympics
Jess has decided to focus on rowing in a single skull and has just had the fabulous news that she has now been selected to represent Team GB at the Youth Olympics which are being held in Sydney Australia in January 2013. This has just put the icing on the cake for Jess in what has been an extremely successful year for her and she is hopeful that this success will continue with her as she enters the U23 and Senior competitions in the forthcoming years.