Torquay table tennis player wins silver medal on world stage

Torbay Weekly

Torquay's Kacper Piwowar won a silver medal at the prestigious World Table Tennis (WTT) Youth Contender event in Croatia.

The 11 year old, who won two double domestic national titles in July, reached the final of the under-11 boys' singles by winning his group with three wins out of the three and then defeating Peter Zidaric of the host nation 3-0 (11-7, 11-3, 12-10) in the semi-finals.

He was up against number one seed Mark Gergely of Hungary in the final and was edged out 3-1 (11-8, 11-8, 12-14, 12-10) in a close match.

In the older under-13s competition, Piwowar was unable to make it out of the groups, winning one of his three matches.

A week later, Piwowar took part in the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) Hopes Selection camp and was selected to attend the ITTF World Hopes Week and Challenge in Jordan later this year.

The ITTF Hopes programme is a well-established global talent identification pathway, which has served as a springboard to many of today’s world-class players, having shown their high potential and skills on the Hopes road and now treading the boards of major competitions globally.