Table Tennis: School quartet get an early taste of the Olympic action

THRILLING TIME: Nicole Finn, left, and Ellen Auty.

THRILLING TIME: Nicole Finn, left, and Ellen Auty.

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Four students from Horsforth School have had an early taste of the Olympics through the Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games.

Table tennis players Ellen Auty and Nicole Finn and young badminton official Andrew Maud all gained valuable experience while swimmer Freya Resendez took two golds.

Auty, Finn and Resendez were all selected to represent England North East at the School Games – held at Olympic venues in London.

The call up for Auty, 15, and Finn, 16, provided a big boost for Pudsey Table Tennis Club where both are junior players – the girls having been friends since their reception year at Cookridge Primary School, where they took up the sport under the guidance of coach Keith Chaplin.

The duo were in action at the London ExCel Centre and while their North East team ended up at the bottom of the table, the pair were both inspired by being part of the event as a whole.

As was swimmer Resendez who won two gold medals.

Cheered on by a large audience at the Olympic Aquatic Centre, the Year 11 student took a gold medal in both the girls 400m and 800m freestyle team events, further advertising her claims as a potential star of the future.

Also present from Horsforth School was Year 11 student Maud, who acted as a young official in the badminton competition at the London ExCel venue.

He also appeared as a representative of the officials on the stage at the rousing closing ceremony in the Olympic Basketball Arena.

All four students were thrilled with the experience, Auty saying: “I feel privileged to have played at a massive venue where great athletes will soon be competing – it was such a thrill.”

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