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World University Games table tennis team boosted by Commonwealth Games experience 24/05/2017

Commonwealth Games medallist Danny Reed is set to spearhead the table tennis team selected for the World University Games (WUGs), in Chinese Taipei 19 – 20 August.

The team of six hailing from four institutions are among the first athletes selected as part of the 110 plus Great Britain delegation set to compete in 12 sports at what is, the second largest multi-sport event in the world.

Currently ranked 9th in Britain, Reed is a three time Commonwealth Games medallist and is hoping to leave everything on the table when he goes for glory in Chinese Taipei.

“The standard (at WUGs) in table tennis is really high - you have close to top ten players in the world who have won it before,” said Reed, who is currently a Sport Scholar at the University of Nottingham. 

“We’re going to go there to give it our best shot. To win it would be tough – you have full Olympic athletes there, gold medallists and things like that.

Reed is also relishing the chance to pull on the red, white and blue of Great Britain having missed out twice before on Olympic selection.

“This is my first time at the WUGs,” Reed added. “I just missed out on the Olympics twice, this is the second biggest multi-sport event that I’m going to and I’m really excited about it.

“I never had the chance to represent Great Britain – that’s what I’m really excited about.

“I’ll be really proud, really excited. I’ve been to two Commonwealth Games and that was a really amazing, special experience, to be part of that British team is something I’m really looking forward to."

Also in the team is Welsh table tennis star and current BUCS and Welsh National Champion, Chloe Thomas.

Thomas, who has also competed in two World Championships, has vowed to hit the practice tables and gym hard as she prepares herself for Chinese Taipei.

“I’m ready to go into full training and every day through the summer,” said Thomas, who has finished her second year of studying for a degree in nutrition at Bournemouth.

“I’ll be working on my physical fitness as well as my performance on the table. Hopefully I can go there as best prepared as possible.

“My table tennis took a bit of a back seat recently due to my university commitments. That’s my main goal for the summer – to get back up to standard.”

The British Table Tennis team set to compete at the World University Games in Taipei is as follows:

Colin Dalgleish Robert Gordon University
Adam Harrison University of Nottingham
Yolanda King University of Nottingham
Danny Reed University of Nottingham
Chloe Thomas Bournemouth University
Maria Tsaptsinos University of Nottingham

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), the national governing body for High Education (HE) sport, is responsible for delivering Great Britain representative teams in the worldwide international university sporting programme.

Over 100 athletes will represent the GB team in 12 sports including: archery, athletics, women’s football, golf, women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, men’s and women’s water polo and weightlifting.

Follow the team selections over the coming months, following the hashtags #WUGSGB and #TargetGREATNESS

For more information visit bucs.org.uk/taipei

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