A STRONG contingent of young table tennis players from Rotherham showcase their skills on the national stage this weekend.
The six Rotherham Scorpions prospects will be taking part in the England Schools Table Tennis Association Butterfly Individual Championships in Wolverhampton on Saturday, joining more than 350 players representing 50 counties.
Wickersley School pupil Adam Szabo is ranked England School Boys U11s number one and enters that category as top seed while Amy Marriott, also from Wickersley School, is the number two ranked England School Girls U13 and goes into her section as the second seed. It is the third appearance in the competition for both.
There is a debut for Edmund Lau in the boys U19s and his Wickersley School counterpart Lewis Ellams in the U13s.
Lucie Smith, also from Wickersley, goes in the girls U16s and Wingfield Academy's Aaron Radford makes a first appearance in the boys U16s.
All enter as South Yorkshire champions having come through qualifiers at Sheffield English Institute of Sport earlier in the year.
Coach Mick Barlow said: "This weekend is a really big ask but all our players have trained really hard and are going with an attitude to do the best they can for their school, county and club."