Milan Gal named first President’s Cup winner
Ten-year-old Milan Gal from North Somerset who plays in the Weston League has been named as the first recipient of the Portishead Table Tennis Club President’s Cup.
Introduced this year by 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 only made his debut for the club last year, playing in the Weston-super-Mare League aged only nine. He even stepped 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 51st competitive 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.
For further information, contact:
General Secretary, Portishead Table Tennis Club
Club Development Officer
07779 118936 (m)