Sophie Earley is pictured above receiving an International High Achievement Award from Lady Mary Peters and Kenneth Strong, Table Tennis Ireland Director. She received the award for her superb international results, being the first Irish player ever to medal at the European Youth Championship, and for her continuing success at International World Table Tennis events.
Sophie travels on Friday (3rd December) with coach Conn Higgins to the World Youth Table Tennis Championships in Portugal, having received full support from Table Tennis Ireland and Table Tennis Ulster. Sophie said “I want to thank everyone who has given me support along my journey so far – whether financial, coaching, or in other ways. It was also great to receive recent awards from the Mary Peters Trust and the European Table Tennis Union”.
Sophie won the Women’s Singles at last weekend’s Ulster Open played in Lisburn – getting a good send-off for her task ahead in Portugal. The Men’s Singles winner was He Zhiwen, a former World Team Event Champion and 4 times Olympian.