NI Commonwealth Table Tennis Team

£2,000 of £2,500 goal

Raised by 40 people in 18 months
Northern Ireland’s top four table tennis players finally got confirmation on 3rd January of their selection for the team going to the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, April 2018.  Having already achieved a Bronze Medal in the Commonwealth TT Championships, the team is focussed on another podium place.

 Most athletes go through a financial struggle trying to be the best at their sport - and our table tennis players are going through an even harder time since Sport NI pulled the plug on any performance funding.   Determined to prove themselves on the international stage, our top four are faced with substantial training and travel costs in preparation for the Games, including training camps in Hungary and Sweden.   

The Team

Paul McCreery  25 years old from Saintfield, Co Down.  He is 4 times Irish National Champion, and Gold Coast will be his 3rd Commonwealth Games.  He currently plays for Lille in National 1 and Ormeau TT Club in the British Premier League.

Paul says "in the 2014 Commonwealth Games team event we had a narrow 3-2 loss to bronze medallists Nigeria, proving that we can challenge for a spot on the podium".

Ashley Robinson,
24 years old, from Clogher, Co Tyrone.  He trains full-time in Sweden, and plays for Vetlanda BTK (Sweden),  Saint Louis (France) and Belfast Club Ormeau in the British Premier League.  

Ashley says "it’s important to go to the Commonwealth Games to prove you can compete with the best and you belong on the world stage.  I hope to achieve a top 8 finish minimum and get as close to a medal as possible!"

Zak Wilson, 19 years old, from Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.  He plays full-time in Germany for Hannover 96 and his home club is Glenburn TT Club.

Zak says "it is important for me to go to the Commonwealth Games because it is the highest level that you can represent Northern Ireland.  Being in the hall with so many good players is an inspiring feeling".

Owen Cathcart, 15 years old, from Belfast.  He plays in the British Premier League for Ormeau TT Club, and has won 3 World Junior Tour Gold Medals in Europe.

Owen says "it is a great experience to compete at such a major games.  I would like to try and repeat our medal from the Commonwealth Championships in 2016".

All donations will fund the players' tournament and training expenses for the Commonwealth Games. They thank you in anticipation of your support.
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Due to additional training and competition costs we have to raise, our target has been raised to £2,500. Thank you for any support you can give.
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We're in the Quarter Finals, after coming through our group in 2nd place to top seeds India, and beating Trinidad & Tobago 3-1 and Mauritius 3-0 in the knock-out stages. We play England tomorrow in the quarters - should be on live TV! Thanks to all our supporters!
We're in the Quarter Finals !
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We (Ashley, Zak and Owen) are currently training hard in Sweden this week, while Paul is training in London, having started his new job.

Then we are all training in Lisburn Racquets Club from 19th - 23rd March before we leave for Gold Coast.

We hope you will all come to the Ireland -v- Lithuania European League Match there (Lisburn) and support us in this important fixture.

Thanks for all your support :-)
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Thank you David & Sylvia Potter for your very generous £100 donation today and Adrian Brown for your kind donation of £40 recently - we now stand at £1,755 - getting so close!!
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