As we have just passed the midpoint of the active season I thought I’d let you have an update on Bertie’s progress in advance of the national tournament season we’re shortly to embark upon.
When we received a cheque from TS5C for Bertie’s sponsorship we decided to carefully invest it in a concerted effort to raise his U15 national ranking in advance of the various National Championships that take place in the latter parts of the season.
Bertie has been consistently ranked in the top three in the U13 age group but at age 12, the U15 age group is a tough category to get a top level ranking in. Although Bertie was U11 national champion in 2016, this will be his first time attending the U15 event. The better the ranking, the better the position in the draw. At the time of the cheque arriving Bertie was ranked around 35 in the u15’s. Using your sponsorship strategically to compete in the right tournaments saw this rise to number 11 in February. He still has two more years in the age group after this year.
In this period Bertie’s achievements were pretty impressive. TS5C’s funding helped get him to the tournaments but he still needed to win once he got there. In these last six months he has won, all over the UK, fifteen events outright, six silvers and two bronze. Thirteen of these were in the U15 age category despite the fact that Bertie is still only 12 years old. In addition to these achievements he won the Somerset Schools U13 championships for a record fourth year running, won the South West U15 Championships and became part of the England Youth Squad.
It’s been a busy few months and there’s no doubt that the financial support from TS5C made an important contribution toward facilitating Bertie being able to compete as often, and as far away, as he did.