Romanian Open - 22-26 March 2017
First international medals for Shae
Cippenham’s Shae Thakker has made his first mark on the international scene with two medals at the Romanian International Table Tennis Open Championships, held at Cluj-Napoca towards the end of March.
The tournament started with the junior events, under-23 in this case, with 13-years old Shae giving away 10 years! Playing in the Men’s Class 10 round robin of four players, Shae secured the gold medal by winning all of his three matches including a very close 14-12 in the fifth defeat of compatriot Lawrence John, the runner-up.
Shae was quoted on the BTTAD website saying “I am really pleased with the gold that I have achieved in the junior singles. This has really improved my confidence in my game and I am really ecstatic to see that my training is being very influential. This has inspired me to work even harder so that I can achieve this success again.”
Later in the week, Shae teamed up for the senior events with Ryan Henry as they won the bronze medal in the Men’s Class 9-10 team event.
Lucie Bouron was also in Romania but, unfortunately, was not able to register a win in either of her singles events.