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Table tennis star gets helping hand

A Shropshire accountancy firm is helping a rising star on the UK’s table tennis scene to follow her sporting ambitions.

Dyke Yaxley Chartered Accountants, in Shrewsbury, has sponsored Megan Jones for the past five years, and they have once again agreed to sponsor her bat for the current season.

Megan is the daughter of Philippa Jones, who works in the accounts department at Dyke Yaxley’s head office in Old Potts Way.

Managing director, Marie Bramwell, said: “It’s been a real pleasure watching Megan develop her talents over the last five years, and we’re very proud to be supporting her ambitions for another year of competition. She’s achieved incredible things throughout her sporting career so far, and we’re looking forward to seeing what heights she can reach in the coming season.”

Megan is currently England’s number seven at under 19 level and also qualified for the Senior National Championships for the third year running earlier this year.

She won a silver medal in the English Schools Championships, and as a result, Megan will now represent England in the Senior Schools Internationals in Galway at the end of June. And thanks to her success so far this year, Megan has been invited to the Junior National Cup, also in June, where the top ten players in the country play off against each other, and she’s hoping to improve on the bronze medal she won in last year’s competition.

Megan took up the sport at the age of ten, and trains at Draycott Table Tennis Club in Derbyshire and Albrighton Table Tennis Club in Wolverhampton, where she is coached by the legendary Desmond Douglas, and Helen Lower.

Pictured: Dyke Yaxley managing director Marie Bramwell with Megan Jones