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Jonny Leach MBE Most Improved England Player of the Year Award

Awarded to Ellenborough's Denise Payet

Denise Payet
Denise Practising at Ellenborough

At the Table Tennis England AGM held on Saturday 8th July, Denise Payet was awarded the Jonny Leach MBE Most Improved England Player of the Year Award. This is awarded to a player who has represented England, specifically for her contribution to last years England's 5th place in the European Youth Championships.

Harold Webb Accepting Denise's Award From Sandra Deaton

More recently in February, Denise was a team member of Ellenborough's retention of the Junior British League Premier Division with Kate Cheer & Jasmin Wong.

Then in March Denise playing in the Senior National Championships lost in the Semi-Final (Bronze Medal) to eventual winner Tin Tin Ho. A marvelous achievement for a 15 year old.

2017 Ladies Singles Presentation
L to R: Maria Tsaptsinos (Bk), Denise Payet (Mx),
Kelly Sibley (Wa) & Tin Tin Ho (Mx)
Photo-Table Tennis England

In April she won the Girls Junior National Cup, a competition where the top ten juniors play each other in a round robin format, she remained undefeated.

Denise with the Junior National Cup Trophy

Also in April, Denise made her first Senior Full England Debut against Spain, this was not to be a happy ending as she and England lost the match 3 - 0. However this should be the start to a long International career.

The England Team L to R Emma Vicars,
Denise Payet, Kelly Sibley & Tin Tin Ho.

In May, Denise won a golden treble of National Titles - Junior Girls Singles, Junior Girls Doubles with Kate Cheer and Junior Mixed Doubles with James Smith.

Denise with Kate Cheer being Presented
with the Junior Girls Doubles Trophy

All in all, a terific season for Denise and a well deserved honour "Most Improved England Player of the Year"



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