Rising stars look forward to a glorious games

A smashing time: Paul Drinkhall shows his national style during the masterclass held at the EIS in Attercliffe. Picture: Dean Atkins.
A smashing time: Paul Drinkhall shows his national style during the masterclass held at the EIS in Attercliffe. Picture: Dean Atkins.
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RISING British table tennis stars Paul Drinkhall and Jack Hunter-Spivey joined pupils to celebrate Sheffield hosting the 2011 Sainsbury’s UK School Games.

The event will run for four days in early September, with more than 1,600 elite young athletes competing in 12 sports.

Paul and Jack, who have both taken part in past events, hosted a table tennis masterclass at the English Institute of Sport.

The pair said the school games had played a big part in their own development.

Paul, who won two gold medals and two silver medals at the recent English National Championships, said: “The games are a great experience for talented young athletes as it provides a unique multi-sport event on a national scale. I liked meeting and interacting with athletes from the different sports.”

The UK School Games is funded by a £6 million grant from an independent charity set up to help build a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympics.