On 22nd May 2018 Heathfield International School competed against 6 other international schools within the city. The under 13's boys and girls gave a great account of themselves with seeds 1 (Kyle & Moji) both qualifying easily from the initial games. Kyle went on to show great determination throughout the tournament which saw him win the gold medal in the final with a great display of ping pong prowess. The game was a tricky affair to start with the Ascot under 13's representative taking the first set but Kyle showing great grit and determination to pull the game back and level the game 1-1. In the final set Kyle demonstrated technique and composure well beyond his age to win the final game 11-8.
The Under 15's girls were not to be left in the shade and following an amazing semi-final performance, the final would see Heathfield representatives; Ingfah & Boeing compete for the gold medal. In front of packed crowd both girls performed amazing well with Ingfah taking an early lead in the game. A break in play between game 1 & 2 allowed Boeing to re-evaluate her strategy of how to breakdown the amazing defensive performance from Ingfah.
As both girls returned to the table for the start of the second set the crowd give them both a welcome return. Boeing took the game to Ingfah and showed her attacking style that had allowed her to see off opponents with ease throughout the day. In a show of appreciation the spectators clapped in appreciation for the performance of both players as both Boeing and Ingfah embraced in a hug that showed their class as high level table tennis players.
As both players left the arena you could hear chatter among over schools about the ability of the two players and the joy in having witnessed a masterful defensive performance of Ingfah V the attacking prowess of Boeing. Following the medal ceremony and as all players packed up the for the day it was clear that these two had given themselves a reputation within the Bangkok table tennis circles and next year they'll be the players that all schools will want to avoid playing.
Mr Robert Davenport