Table tennis: Walker in the England squad for Euros

Sam Walker and the England mens team who won silver at the Commonwealth Games (Pic: Paul Devlin)
Sam Walker and the England mens team who won silver at the Commonwealth Games (Pic: Paul Devlin)

Worksop’s Commonwealth Games table tennis medallist Sam Walker has been given another chance to shine on the international stage, with a call up for the European Team Championships.

The 19-year-old professional, won won team silver in the Glasgow Games, has been named in the England squad for the tournament in Lisbon next month.

He is joined in the men’s line-up by fellow Commonwealth Games team members Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall, plus Darius Knight.

Andrew Baggaley and Daniel Reed, the other members of the Commonwealth Games squad, were not available for selection, Baggaley for family reasons and Reed as he has university commitments.

The women’s line-up comprises Joanna Drinkhall, Kelly Sibley, Tin-Tin Ho and Hannah Hicks, all of whom competed in Glasgow – where Ho took mixed doubles silver alongside Pitchford and Sibley won bronze in the same event alongside Reed.

The men’s squad are looking to emulate their achievement at the World Team Championships in Tokyo in May, when they won the Challenger Division to return to the top tier – the Championship Division – after a 17-year gap.

And if they repeat the feat in Portugal, they would also have the added bonus of qualifying for the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, next summer.

The championships take place in Lisbon from September 24th to 28th.