Whalley teen Kieran serves up regional title

Kieran Cunliffe
Kieran Cunliffe

A Whalley teenager has netted himself a place at a national table tennis competition.

Kieran Cunliffe (17)has qualified for the British Colleges Sport (BCS) National Finals as part of the North-West team after winning the BCS North West table tennis competition men’s singles title.​

Kieran who studies PE, biology and geography at St Mary’s College had his first taste of table tennis six years ago while he was on a family holiday in Majorca.

He enjoyed playing so much that he joined Whalley Table Tennis Club as soon as he returned home. Since then he has steadily improved his game while being part of the East Lancs Table Tennis League and decided to compete in the BCS North West competition after being encouraged by his PE teacher at St Mary’s, Mark Hope.

Kieran won all of his six matches on his way to the title.

Kieran said: “I am really pleased to be crowned men’s singles champion and will be training hard to prepare for the BCS National Finals next year.”

MrHope, his sports teacher, said:​“Kieran played tremendously well at the comeptition and to win the men’s singles title was an outstanding achievement, especially against some really tough opponents.

“We now look forward to seeing him compete with the best table tennis players in the country at the BCS National Finals in April next year. Well done Kieran.”