Meet NI's ping pong whizz-kid

Published Thursday, 03 July 2014
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Northern Ireland is not renowned for producing table tennis players who can compete on the world stage - but one Belfast boy is making a name for himself in the sport.

Twelve-year-old Owen Cathcart only began playing three years ago but is already ranked number one in Ireland for his age group.

He practices five or six times a week at his home club on the Ormeau Road, which only started up less than a year ago.

"I really enjoy playing table tennis. My sister started playing so I started playing in school too. When I'm older I'd like to play for Ireland at senior level," he said.

Owen's coach Keith Knox believes the sky's the limit for the talented player.

"At the moment, he's by far the best player we've seen for about maybe 25 to 30 years, I've heard that from numerous coaches and certainly if he keeps going, he could be world level as a senior," he said.

"He's world level currently so if he keep going from strength to strength there's no reason why he couldn't be top in the world for his age."

His proud grandfather commented that Owen not only wants to be number one in Ireland, but "everywhere".

Owen's next match is in Paris later this summer where he'll go head to head with the best in Europe.

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Marie in Ann Arbor, MI wrote (128 days ago):
Congratulations to my wonderful Godson. Will be home in March 2015 and hope you will give us a world class demonstration.
sandra in Carrickfergus wrote (207 days ago):
Well done Owen. Lovely to hear that you are doing so well. Good luck for Paris and beyond. Hope your mum, dad and sister are able to go too and cheer you on. We will be waiting for more good news about you in the future.
in Newtownabbey wrote (208 days ago):
Good luck young man!!
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