Following on from becoming National Champion in the summer of 2016 Bertie was called up to represent England again (he had already played at the Six Nations in the Channel Islands back in April). This time it was to be at the European Championships in Strasbourg.
About 400 eleven and twelve year olds from over 30 countries participated. Many of these countries have very well-funded youth programmes for their TT talent which unfortunately England doesn’t have but Bertie still did extremely well winning a lot of very tough matches.
When he returned from Strasbourg, he competed at the Bribar Plymouth two star tournament, the first ranking event of the new TT season. It was held over two days with a team event on the Saturday and individuals on the Sunday. On the first day Bertie and his partner won the U13 team event, and on the Sunday Bertie won both the U13 and the U15 individual tournaments. Three trophies on the first weekend of the sporting year was a great start.
During November Bertie played for the Somerset County U18 team in Bristol and then his Haygrove School U16 boys team were victorious in the Somerset Schools Team Championships and now progress to the regional finals in Plymouth early in 2017. It was the most keenly contested Somerset schools table tennis tournament for many years with both state and independent schools from all quarters competing.
The last weekend of November sees Bertie competing in two team tournaments in Birmingham. On Saturday it’s the first round of the National Junior League (U18) event and on Sunday the National Cadet League (U15) event.
Closer to home, this season Bertie moved up to play in the premier division of the Bridgwater and District Table Tennis adult League having topped the first division last season. He is currently fifth in the league despite still only being aged just eleven and has actually beaten all but one of the players ahead of him.