Medal treble for Blitz table tennis star Gittings

THREE MEDALS -- for Adam Gittings.
THREE MEDALS -- for Adam Gittings.

Three medals, including a gold, were won by Gainsborough-based table tennis player Adam Gittings at a SportsAble Southern Disability Grand Prix event in Slough at the weekend.

The 18-year-old Gittings, who is a member of the Blitz club, took the two-day tournament by storm as he challenged players from all over the country.

His gold medal came in the class 11 singles in which he showed sparkling form throughout, dropping only one set when beating Hamish Friel 3-1 in his opening match. The highlight was a convincing 3-0 win over Welsh hotshot Ashley Wray.

Next up for Gittings was the standing doubles event where he teamed up with Wray. After qualifying through the group stages, the pair lost out in a close semi-final by three sets to two. But despite the disappointment, they rallied to win the third-place play-off and claim a bronze medal.

Gitting’s second bronze was gained in the open standing band A event the next day. The hours spent training at Blitz with the club’s coaches, Paul Johnson and Kurt Hutson, alongside his Doncaster coach Mick Dainty, were evident as he breezed through the group stage, winning all his matches 3-0, including one against GB development player, Felicity Pickard.

In the semi-finals, Gittings took on tournament favourite Josh Morgan, another member of the GB development squad, and powered into a two-set lead. However, Morgan never gave up and, in an epic battle, he prevailed 11-9 in the fifth and deciding set. It left Gittings to battle it out in another third-place play-off and he pulled off a second 3-0 victory over Wray to end the tournament on a high.