BBC Sport tabletennis


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 11:37 GMT, Tuesday, 22 June 2010 12:37 UK

Hull girl Imogen Barber in table tennis elite

Imogen Barber
Hull schoolgirl Barber only took up the sport 18 months ago

A young table tennis star from Hull has earned national performance selection after a dramatic rise up the rankings.

Ten-year-old Imogen Barber was runner-up in the national championships (under 11 group) less than two years after starting to play the sport.

She told BBC Look North: "Jacob, my brother, was invited to play and then I tried it and started playing."

Barber has just spent her first week at an elite training camp at the national training centre in Lilleshall.

Her coach Sally Shutt told BBC Look North: "She needs good technical skills and then we can build up the speed and spin and add that to natural ability."

Imogen's father Frank added: "We support what she wants to do and she does the rest herself."

Print Sponsor


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.