Ethan is 10 years old from Stevenage and comes from a whole family of table tennis players so he was always destined to be a great table tennis player with his background.
Ethan started playing table tennis from the age of around 5 years old and it became evident very quickly that he had something special and he became known by everybody on the table tennis circuit at a very young age due to his great ability and personality.
Ethan trains and gets coached at Batts in Harlow where he has been since he was a baby where his dad and brother and sister also train.
Ethan so far has had an amazing season of table tennis where he has been picked every month since the age of 9 for the YDS England Youth Development training for the under 15’s which takes place every month at either Lilleshall National Sports Centre or Sheffield National Institute of Sport.
Ethan had his first call up to represent England in April 2012 this year where he played in Scotland. Ethan managed to bring home 2 bronze medals which was a brilliant achievement as he was the youngest competitor there at the age of 9. Ethan got a bronze medal in the team event and this was with one player down due to illness – if the other player had of played for England they would have got gold. In the individual event Ethan got to the semi finals and got bronze where he lost to a lad aged 12 from Guernsey. Ethan has already been asked to represent England in April 2013 held in Ireland in the same event where he has got a really good chance of bringing home gold in the individual event.
During the summer this year Ethan was invited to the Flanders Tournament held in Belgium which is the biggest table tennis event held in Europe. Ethan had his best achievements to date during this event. Ethan was entered into the under 11’s individual event and the under 13 team event which was held over 4 days. Ethan played in the under 11 individual event first where he sailed through to the final hardly dropping a set. In the final Ethan had to play the under 11 number 1 boy from France which was going to be tough but Ethan managed to play some of his best table tennis and beat the lad 3-1 to bring home gold which was a brilliant win. Ethan carried on in the under 13 team event with his high standard and also won gold in the team event which consisted of Ethan and one other boy from England which was brilliant as it was under 13’s so Ethan was playing well above his age group which proves just what level he can play at considering it was such a major event.
Ethan is currently the number 1 under 11 in England and looks forward to the rest of the season and has some very big events coming up. The Nationals will be a big event for him as he will be the number 1 seed in the under 11’s but he will also being looking to do well in the under 12s and 13s Nationals. Ethan is also looking forward to representing England when he plays in Ireland, he will need to put in lots of hours of training and hard work to carry on achieving at this very high level.
‘I am delighted to have joined the Grove and hope they can bring me success like they have done in snooker. I am looking forward to meeting up with other Grove players.’
‘I am still playing table tennis at the local leagues and am passionate about table tennis. Ethan is a great talent and from a lovely family.I am looking forward to working with him.
Ethan Second Call Up For England
Ethan Walsh has had his second call up to represent England in the International Schools event at table tennis which was held in Dublin from 5th April – 7th April. It was going to prove to be a long weekend of table tennis beginning on the Friday evening all the way through to Sunday. It was the team event on the Friday evening and all day Saturday which consisted of Englands top four under 11 boys – Ethan was the number one seed. England played Ireland, Scotland, Isle Of Man, Wales, Jersey and Guernsey over the two days, Ethan played the number 1 and 2 ranked boys from each Country and Ethan did not lose a game, he won all of his matches comfortably – Ethan was on top form. All of the boys from England played well which resulted in England winning gold which was a great achievement. On the Sunday was the individual event where everyone played (28 players in total) – Ethan was the number 1 seed in this event due to him not losing a match the previous day. Ethan ended up with a bronze medal in this event. Ethan has a lot of important events coming up over the next couple of months as he has the Nationals at the beginning of June and he has also just been picked to play in the mini cadet masters where the top 14 under 12 players in England will all play against each other over a whole weekend.