Two silver medals for table-tennis prospect Gittings

ADAM GITTINGS -- two silver medals.
ADAM GITTINGS -- two silver medals.

Talented table-tennis player Adam Gittings, of the Gainsborough-based club Blitz, continued his fine progress by winning two silver medals at a prestigious event in Middlesbrough.

The Ormesby Grand Prix, run by the British Table Tennis Association for the Disabled, attracted several Team GB squad players and Paralympians. But 17-year-old Gittings reached the finals of both the singles and the doubles in his class.

In the singles, as the number two seed, he swept through his qualifying group and the semi-finals, winning all his matches 3-0. He also played well in the final before going down 3-1 to top seed Adam Thompson, of Manchester, who is a leading international player.

In the doubles, Gittings, who has Asperger syndrome, dyspraxia and type one diabetes, partnered Thompson, and they came through a thrilling five-set match on their way to the final, where they lost 3-1 to Paralympic Games hopefuls, Arron McKibbon and Billy Shilton.