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Scottish international Cameron visits Highland Table Tennis Club


By Andrew Henderson


Commonwealth Games table tennis star Niall Cameron wowed members of the fast-growing Inverness club – with plans afoot to nurture the next generation of champions.

Highland Table Tennis Club led by Stephen Gertsen have special guest in Niall Cameron, who has just been selected to play for Scotland in the world championships for the seventh time. Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.043494.
Highland Table Tennis Club led by Stephen Gertsen have special guest in Niall Cameron, who has just been selected to play for Scotland in the world championships for the seventh time. Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.043494.

The 39-year-old internationalist and current Scottish number three seed gave a series of short demonstrations to more than 20 members alongside Scottish national coach Stephen Gertsen.

Gertsen (32) founded the local club last September and is keen to encourage steady growth of the sport in the Highlands.

Thrilled by the impression made by Cameron, who starred in the Manchester 2002 and Glasgow 2014 Games, Gertsen said: “It was brilliant to bring along somebody of the calibre of Niall.

“He lives in London and is training for the World Championships next month but was up visiting his family in Elgin.

“We had a Wales versus Scotland match in front of a big club turn-out.

“It was inspiring for the youngsters, but equally valuable in giving hints and tips to all our club members.

“We’re still building the sport in Inverness, so it was great for them to see the level you can aspire to.

“We haven’t had anyone from the city represent Scotland.”

Read more in today's Inverness Courier.



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