Commonwealth Games silver medallist Tin-Tin Ho will be among the best young table tennis players in England vying to win a national title in Preston this weekend.
The University of Central Lancashire has pulled off a real coup by winning the rights to stage the Junior and Cadet National Championships at its Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre.
Ho was only 15 when she won her mixed doubles medal alongside Liam Pitchford in Glasgow this summer.
And she will now be aiming to add the Junior National title to her accolades.
Opposing her will be the top Under-18s players in the country, including defending champion Maria Tsaptsinos, who caused an upset by beating Ho in last year’s final.
Back to defend his Junior Boys’ title is age-group player Helshan Weerasinghe, who this year claimed his first international singles title at the Madeira Open.
The two Cadet (Under-15s) champions are also returning – Tom Jarvis in the boys and Kate Cheer in the girls.
As well as boys and girls’ singles, there will also be doubles competitions.
UCLan has already hosted several other international table tennis events, including a Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games warm-up match between England and Australia, at STFSC.
Manager Martin Baines said: “We are delighted to once again welcome international table tennis to the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre and invite the public to come and enjoy it.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to see athletes from the Commonwealth Games right here on their doorstep.”
Play begins on Saturday and Sunday at 9am. For more details on attending the event, ring 01772 895400 or email SirTomFinneySportsCentre@uclan.ac.uk.