Milan Gal named first President’s Cup winner
October 5 2018
Ten-year-old Milan Gal has been named as the first recipient of the Portishead Table Tennis Club President’s Cup.
Introduced this year by Portishead club president, Chris Stone, the award goes to the junior player (under 18) who has made the most improvement during the year.
According to the nominating committee, Milan eschews the Portishead club’s values of fair play, sportsmanship, camaraderie and support for others, while also working hard to improve his own game.
Milan made his debut for the club last year, playing in the Weston-super-Mare Table Tennis League while only nine, and also stepping up to perform in the Bristol League Division 7 on occasion. He also represents the club in the Bristol Junior League.
Chris Stone, who is entering his 51stcompetitive season this year, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be making this award and Milan is an excellent first recipient. He is a good competitor but is unfailingly polite and courteous – taking defeat in the same spirit as when he wins. He has impressed his teammates and his opponents alike. His progress has been remarkable and I believe he could have a big future in the game.
“The club is blessed with around a dozen junior players – many of them performing at a high level in both the Bristol League and the National Junior League – and I believe there may be many more joining us over the next few years. They are the future of the club and that’s one of the reasons why I wanted to introduce this trophy.”
Milan, who lives in Portishead, and trains regularly at Gordano School, will retain the cup for a year.
All smiles: Portishead Table Tennis Club president Chris Stone presents his award to Milan Gal.
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Stephen Knight, General Secretary, Portishead Table Tennis Club, 01275 871925, email@example.com
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