Teenage table tennis champ Tin Tin Ho has been named Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year.
The 16-year-old, who trains at Morpeth School, Bethnal Green, was unable to be present at the East Wintergarden ceremony because she was representing Great Britain in a youth tournament Czech Republic. Instead mum and dad Charles and Rita accepted the trophy on her behalf from former England cricketer Mark Ramprakash.
Tin Tin has enjoyed a remarkable year. She won three gold medals at the 2015 Table Tennis National Championships in the Under 21 singles, Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, along with a silver medal in the Women’s Singles.
She kept a 100% record in the team event at the European Youth Championships in Bratislava, ranked in the last 32 (Singles) and last 16 (Girls’ Doubles) at the French Youth Open, won the Junior and Senior Middlesex Team gold at the County Premier, won gold at the ESTTA London East (Singles) and in February, at the Czech Youth Open, she won silver (Girls’ Doubles).
Canary Wharf Group’s Head of Community Affairs, Zakir Khan said: “Some of our previous winners have gone on to represent their country [at senior level] in their chosen sport and we hope Tin Tin will do the same.”
Three sporting groups were also recognised for their achievements during 2015. These were cheerleading team Ascension Eagles Serenity, Poplar Blackwall & District Rowing Club and the Bangladesh Football Association.
Winners on the evening were:
Junior Team of the Year: Ascension Eagles Serenity
Ascension Eagles Serenity is the AEC’s special needs team consisting of six young people with a range of disabilities who train together once a week. In July 2015 the team members competed in a National Cheerleading Championship event, excelling beyond all expectations to come away National Champions.
Senior Team of the Year: Poplar Blackwall & District Rowing Club
The winners are all members of the Poplar Blackwall & District Rowing Club Masters rowing squad, the team competed at the World Masters Championships held in Belgium where between them and their partners they won a total of three gold medals.
Group Achievement Award: Bangladesh Football Association
Bangladesh Football Association (BFA) delivers 11 different sports projects and engages over 3,000 people, bringing social and community benefits. As well as sports projects, the group also delivered an FA Level 1 and FA Referee coaching course to train the next generation of coaches and referees for the game. It has given many local young people the opportunity to move into paid employment.