Married to wife Joanna, with two Children – Dougie and Bonnie (and one dog, Millie!)
Paul’s had a stellar few years, he’s currently World Ranked 39 (March 17), the England No 1, is the English National Champion (Just the 6 times now) plus National Men’s and Mixed Doubles Champion!
Add to that a World Team Championship Bronze (2016), Commonwealth Gold & Silver medals (Glasgow 2014) and ITTF World Tour Spanish Open Champion 2014… a pretty good haul with more to come!
Check out Paul’s funny interview on the ITTF’s Ask a Pro Anything challenge
Paul and now Jo are both Tibhar/Bribar players!
Jo needs little introduction, she is a 3 times English National Champion, a Commonwealth Gold Medallist (Glasgow 2014), with her highest English ranking at 1 and her highest world ranking at 109 (May 2014) – not too bad!
Current National Mixed Doubles Champion with Paul!
Jo has her own signature bat:
A Drinkhall Defensive Classic blade fitted with Evolution FX-S – for precise chop and block play – for deadly kills opt for the 1.7mm sponge. Jo Drinkhall Signature Bat
His recent wins at the Swedish Open have really put Dave on the map, not content with beating the Korean world No 107 Eonrae Cho to qualify top of his group he went on to beat the Japanese world No 24 Maharu Yoshimura in the last 64!!
Ranked at no 4 on the TTE list, David has been playing and training abroad for a number of years now, including Bundesliga club, Werder Bremen, ttc ruhrstadt Herne and currently plays for Swedish Elite club Osterlensbtk.
Watch David in action in the Aldershot GP Men’s final against Gavin Rumgay (5 mins highlights)
It’s great to have Chris on board!
The larger than life player is currently ranked No.5 in England and rounded off the 2016-17 season with a convincing victory at the London Grand Prix. One of the most popular and approachable players on the circuit, Chris Doran holds silver and bronze Commonwealth medals and is always one of the main contenders in the World Ping Pong Championships.
Chris has continued his great form by winning the first Grand Prix of the 16/17 season at Liverpool…
Watch Liverpool Grand Prix Men’s Singles final 2016 (6 mins highlights)
Craig has represented England at Junior level, competing in a number of international opens and European Youth Championships. He has also competed for his country at Senior level, one of his notable achievements, winning a team silver medal at the 2004 Commonwealth Championships in Kuala Lumpur.
Craig has recently started his own company delivering professional coaching and coach education – check out his website at TOP EDGE TABLE TENNIS.
Currently ranked no 6 on the Women’s list, Emma has an impressive CV of titles and wins in her career to date!
5 x National Singles titles (including 3 x u21)
6 x double National Champion at Cadet and Junior level
18 x BUCS medallist including 2 singles titles
1 x bronze European University medallist
UK School Games Champion
British Home Nations Cadet, Junior and Senior team winner
Women’s British League winner and top of averages for 15/16
Emily is ranked at no 3 on the Women’s U/21 list and has represented England on many occasions. Here are some of her main achievements so far…
Italian youth open team gold and doubles silver with Tin Tin.
Represented England at European Youths x2
Junior Masters winner 2016
Nationals junior Doubles champion with Tin Tin 2016
Represented England at World schools in Israel.
Bronze medal at U21 nationals 2017
Starting at the tender age of 6 years old, Matt has already won numerous titles including:
Under 11 National Champion at the age of 9
Team Gold at Primary School International (Guernsey)
Team Gold’s at Senior School Internationals (Cardiff & Ireland)
Singles Silver Medal at Senior School International (Ireland)
English Schools Singles Runner-Up U16 (2016)
UK School Games team event-gold (2015) & UK School Games Singles-gold (2016)
Blackpool Grand Prix U-21 winner (15/16)
Tipton Grand Prix men’s runner up & Tipton Grand Prix U-21 winner (2016)
Stockton Junior 4* Winner (2016)
National Championship’s Bronze medal U/21 (2017)
Lois had a great 2017 National Championships, winning Bronze medals in the Women’s U/21’s and the Women’s doubles with fellow Sussex player Yoland King.
Highest rankings so far are 3rd in U/21’s and 8th on the Women’s ranking list.
Played for England Senior Women in the European Championships, picking up great experience and a couple of superb wins against players 200 places higher in the rankings. (2015)
Played for England at the U/18 European Championships beating no 3 seeds Germany 3-1 in the team event and won a crucial match against a top 30 player. (team placed 7th – best finish for some time)
Women’s British League “Player of the weekend” twice and part of a”Team of the weekend” twice!
Her impressive list of achievements so far include:
Four times National Singles Champion at U/11s, U/13s, U/14s and Cadet.
Three times National Doubles Champion at U/14s and twice at Cadet.
Italian Youth Open junior girls team gold
6 Nations junior girls singles champion
Cadet Master’s champion
Competed in the European Youth Championships in Zagreb, Croatia and World Schools in Eilat, Israel
Twice International School’s team winner and an International Schools Singles title
Twice Sainsbury’s School Games Team champions and Singles runner-up
Josh is ranked at No.5 in the Junior Boys – rapid improvement has seen him compete at the highest level and he had a great National Championships finishing with an U/21 Bronze medal. He plays with a JOOLA FEVER blade and X-PLODE Rubbers.
Here are some of Josh’s best achievements…
Bronze medal in the National Championship Under 21’s
Bronze (singles), silver (doubles) and a gold (team) at the Junior Nationals
International schools – 2 silvers and 2 gold.
Represented England in Hungarian and French Open’s.
Ethan started playing at the age of 6 and from the age of 9 has been in the England Youth Squads. Ethan has been National Champion 3 times – in the under 11, 12 and 13’s!
At the age of 13, Ethan was being selected to represent England in the Cadets at the European Youth Open’s – he played in the Hungarian, Italian, Portugal and Czech Open’s as well as the Six Nations and European Youth Championships – where he had some amazing wins over top 20 Europeans players.
This season he has beaten a number of top 20 senior players pushing him up the TTE ranking list to number 34 on the men’s list. He also plays both Premier Senior and Premier Junior British League’s plus Grand Prix events – reaching the under 21 finals in Liverpool and Crawley.
Last season Chris took the Men’s Doubles titles and came runner up in the Men’s Singles at the Veterans Masters.
Unfortunately, Chris has had a serious shoulder injury this season and has been working hard to get back to fitness, in the meantime he has been helping to develop a new Table Tennis Club in Sidcup called Cleeve Park TTC.
England No.1 Ladies Veteran Emma is a new recruit to the Bribar/Tibhar team!
In last seasons North East Veterans Masters, Emma had a clean sweep winning the Ladies Over 40’s Singles, Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
Emma is currently recovering from a knee operation and is gradually getting back up to speed…
Many thanks to Mike Rhodes for use of these amazing action shots!