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Alex Gough wins at BUCS Championships

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education (HE) sport in the UK.

BUCS organise events covering over 50 sports – with the aim of supporting and promoting the lifestyle and educational benefits of taking part in sport to those in higher education.

The BUCS Table Tennis Individual Championships are held in November over one weekend and competitors can enter singles, doubles and mixed doubles in a straight knockout tournament.

Imperial College student and Ashford TTC member and SBL representative, Alex Gough, emerged victorious in the Consolation Event at the BUCS Table Tennis Individual Championships held at Nottingham University on 24th-25th November 2017.

With over 250 entries in the Men’s Singles draw, the standard was exceptionally high with several full, and numerous junior, internationals participating.

Drawn in a seeded group where the second ranked player has been ranked in the top 50 in England, qualifying for the main draw was always going to be a tall order and so it proved.

Concentrating, however, on the Consolation Event, Alex performed superbly to win 6 consecutive matches defeating his opponents in rounds 3, 4 and 5 all in 5 games including recovering from 7-4 down in the 5th set in one of them.

The final against Alex Stefan of Keele University proved to be a more routine affair, with Alex taking victory in straight games (11-6, 11-5, 11-7) to claim a hard earned and much deserved title.

Alex Gough

A proud Alex showing off his impressive winner’s trophy

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Michael Silver About the Author: Michael Silver is a playing member of ATTC having joined the club in 2015 after a 35 year break from the game. He plays for an Ashford team in Div 1 of the Staines league and looks after one of the Ashford teams in the Senior British League.

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