Keir Morton

Keir started playing table tennis at the age of ten. A year later he appeared on the National circuit competing against players from all over Scotland. At the age of twelve he was the Dumfries and Galloway under13/15 and 18yrs champion. Keir gained his first Scotland cap in 2014 when he represented Scotland at the Six Nations Tournament in Guernsey. He has subsequently gained a further ten Scottish caps competing at National and international level including trips to Germany, Belgium and Slovakia. He and his team mates have secured numerous gold, silver and bronze medals at these tournaments. Keir continues to train with both the Scottish Junior and men’s squads.
Keir recently returned from competing in the Nottingham Grand Prix which is a National event for adults and juniors and sees the cream of British table tennis competing in different banded events. A total of 235 competitors battled it out for the honours at the tournament. Keir competed in the band four event which had an entry of 61. After eight hard fought matches Keir reached the final where he again triumphed and took the trophy.
Keir also competes in both the British Senior and Junior leagues. He represents Drumchapel in the Senior league and Halton in the Junior league. The Junior league is played in the Derby arena Veledrome which Keir describes as “a fantastic venue”. The competition takes place over two separate weekends. After the first weekend of competition Keirs team were sitting one point clear at the top of division two. The season came down to the very last match of the weekend with a top of the table clash against Market Rasen. As the team captain and number 1 player Keir said “I felt the pressure to win my two games for the team”. It was particularly challenging as it was a Scotland team mate he faced in his first match, a player he had lost 2/3 to in their first encounter over the first weekend. A very tight game ensued with plenty of vocal support from the side lines from both teams. After some fantastic play from both players Keir won the game : 11/9, 9/11, 12/10, 10/12, 14/12. Keir went on to win his second game and spurred on by his success the team won the match overall and took the title and associated promotion. At the end of play an award ceremony and medal presentation was held for all the division winners. In addition to this and unbeknown to Keir an award for the player of the weekend was also selected from the 205 athletes competing and the flabbergasted Keir was the recipient of the prestigious award. Keir was subsequently approached by a few of the top teams asking him to play for them next season however has decided to remain with his Halton team mates as the team spirit is fantastic and he feels it’s the right thing to do.
Keir now 16yrs old, has just found out in recent days that he has been selected to represent Scotland in the under 18yrs category at the European Junior Championships in Portugal in July and is very much looking forward to his next challenge.
Keir is very grateful to the Holywood Trust for their support.

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