Island Games table tennis squad picked

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JERSEY TABLE TENNIS have named their squad for the Island Games in Guernsey this summer.

Leading the way are Jordan Wykes and Hannah Silcock, who both represented Jersey in last year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in both singles and the mixed doubles.

England-based Luc Miller is also in the six-strong squad, along with Leon Pierre, Alfie Sutherland and Silcock’s older sister, Kathryn Silcock. They will be joined by coach Miguel Freitas and team manager Paul Routier.

Wykes and Miller competed in the last Island Games in Gibraltar in 2017, where they teamed up to win gold in the men’s doubles. Wykes also picked up a bronze in the men’s singles, while both players were part of the silver-winning team event. The other four are making their Island Games debuts.

Wykes, who is also based in England, made his Island Games debut on home soil in 2015, winning silver in the men’s singles and doubles. He returned to Gotland two years later where he won bronze in the mixed doubles and the men’s doubles. He will be hoping to be among the medals again this time around in all the events, while 15-year-old Hannah Silcock will be a strong favourite to win gold in the women’s singles.

Paul Routier said: ‘Although we have announced our youngest ever team, we do have Jordan Wykes and Luc Miller, who will be competing in their fourth and third Island Games respectively. Jordan and Luc have already accumulated nine medals between them and are the current gold medallists from the 2019 Island Games for men’s doubles.

‘We have also selected Leon Pierre (current Channel Islands U21 champion) and Alfie Sutherland, who have both been playing together over the last 10 years and fully deserve their opportunity to represent Jersey at this level.

‘Finally, we are really pleased to select sisters Kathryn and Hannah Silcock for the first time. Both girls have had experience playing together in British tournaments and are the current Channel Islands woman’s doubles champions.’

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