Valley set to host Olympic training event

Pictured at the Valley Leisure Centre on Monday are table tennis stars Na Liu (right) and Amanda Mogey (left) with Newtownabbey mayor Billy Webb, Dominic Walsh (Chairman of Sport NI), Patricia Hunter (Chairperson Table Tennis Ulster), Rosalie Flanagan (Permanent Secretary for Department Culture, Arts and Leisure). INNT 42-017-FP
Pictured at the Valley Leisure Centre on Monday are table tennis stars Na Liu (right) and Amanda Mogey (left) with Newtownabbey mayor Billy Webb, Dominic Walsh (Chairman of Sport NI), Patricia Hunter (Chairperson Table Tennis Ulster), Rosalie Flanagan (Permanent Secretary for Department Culture, Arts and Leisure). INNT 42-017-FP
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NEWTOWNABBEY’S flagship leisure centre is gearing up to host pre-Olympic Games training event for some of the world’s top table tennis talent.

There will be a distinctly international feel at The Valley next month (November 7 to 11) when elite players, including the Spanish Women’s squad, descend the popular facility to hone their skills ahead of next summer’s games in London.

Na Liu, who is from Northern Ireland, is one of the top players in Great Britain, and tipped for Olympic selection. She was at The Valley on Monday to highlight the five-day training camp.

“It has always been my dream to play in the Olympic Games and this has given me the drive and ambition to put 110% into achieving this goal. Competing at the Olympics will be the pinnacle of my career,” she said.

Adding to the sporting pedigree at this week’s announcement was local star Amanda Mogey, from Carnmoney, who is currently the Irish number one in table tennis. Amanda has twice been the Irish National Champion in Women’s Singles, and five-times doubles champion.

Read the full story in this week’s Newtownabbey Times