English Champs Launch! - An incredible event is planned in Romford in January, click on 'Tournament Entry' for more information. Also, check out the poll on the left hand side of the page below the menu. It's a bit of fun, but it looks like local favourite Gareth Shaw is the early front runner.
The IT man who played fantastically to reach the final of the British Championships in April 2008 is improving all the time and with the big hitters from the World Championships yet to enter, Shaw may look to avenge Stuart Hobden's crushing defeat at the Hampshire Open in November 2008. The other votes thus far for Jermaine Manners and Tom Whitehouse are also well deserved. Tom reached the quarter finals of this event last year losing in a gumi to reigning champion James Greenhead. And how about Jermaine Manners? He made his racketlon debut in March and is now the number one in the UK rankings after taking the sport by storm. This is a testimony that if you perform you can rise up the rankings in a speedy fashion.
Breaking News: British Number Two Ray Jordan will not be participating in singles. Jordan already had table tennis committments clashing with the Mens Class A. Ray will however be attending the event on the Sunday and is yet to enter the Mens Doubles or the Mixed Doubles events so those looking for a partner may be able to persuade Jordan to enter. Jordan, of course, won the English Champs 2008 Mens Doubles title with Mark Jacksoon in both 2007 & 2008. Keith Lesser & Dominique Ford have a similar Mixed Doubles record, but in 2009 there will be a new champion as Lesser has a table tennis British League match on Sunday 11th.