Thursday, May 22, 2014

Kelly Sibley Table Tennis Player

Kelly Sibley Table Tennis Player
Kelly Sibley Table Tennis Player
Kelly Sibley (born 21 May 1988) is a professional table tennis player from England. She started playing the sport at her local club in Lillington, Leamington Spa. Sibley won the singles, girls doubles and mixed doubles at the UK Junior Championships and has represented England at senior level at the Commonwealth Games, European Championships and World Championships. She is currently the 2nd highest ranked senior woman in English Table Tennis Video and is sponsored by local firms Wright Hassell, Building and Plumbing Supplies and, in 2011, sports betting community site OLBG.

Kelly began playing table tennis aged 8 years old at Lillington Free Church table tennis club, inspired by her mother Lynn Bolitho, a former county-level table tennis player.

In 2000, she represented England at the English Schools Championships.

At the age of 13, she was invited to live and train at the National Training centre in Nottingham where she was coached by Alan Cooke before relocating to the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

Kelly represented England at the Commonwealth Games twice; once in Melbourne, Australia (2006) and again in Delhi, India (2010) where she finished in fourth place in the team women's event.

She also gained a Ladies Doubles Bronze Medal at the 2009 Commonwealth Championships and a Division Two Gold Medal at the 2008 World Team Championships in China.

Kelly won 10 consecutive international matches at the 2011 European Championships in Poland and promoted the England Women’s team to the top tier.

In England, Kelly Sibley is currently ranked 2nd in England women's table tennis and 200th in the world.

Despite her high ranking, funding cuts threatened her chance to compete at the London 2012 Olympics until her plight was aired on BBC radio and responded to by OLBG. It was announced on 30 May 2012 that Sibley would be representing her country at the games where she competed in the team event, losing to North Korea in the opening round.


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