Hampshire Talented Athlete Profiles
Letitia McMullan - Table Tennis
SHIOW: What are your most notable achievements to date?
LM - I represented England Schools in 2010 Primary Schools International, winning team gold and individual bronze. I have recently been selected for the International Youth Squad.
SHIOW: What is the International Youth Squad? And how did you get in it?
LM - It is a squad of players, girls & boys, available for international selection. It is chosen by the ETTA (English Table Tennis Association) junior selection panel.
SHIOW: What targets have you set yourself for 2011?
LM - To get in the cadet masters which is the top 12 Under 15 players in England plus 2 wild cards.
SHIOW: What are your targets for 2012?
LM - To represent my country in international competition and to win an Under 15 Four Star tournament.
SHIOW: What is the biggest challenge you have faced to date?
LM - Competing in the cadet masters because I played all of the other top 13 Under 15 girls in England over one weekend.
SHIOW: What is your favourite sporting moment and why?
LM - When I went to watch Kelly Sibley play in an international match against India in 2009.
SHIOW: What are your top tips for aspiring athletes?
LM - To think positively, always look for ways to improve, always try your best and work hard in training and competition.
SHIOW: What one piece of kit, equipment or food / drink could you not live without?
LM - My bat because I couldn’t play table tennis without it and water because you need to drink when playing sport.
SHIOW: Who is your sporting hero?
LM - My role model in table tennis is Kelly Sibley (England international player) who I saw play for England against India in 2009. I admired her style of play; attacking topspin player, as this is how I want to be able to play myself.
SHIOW - Who has most influenced your success and why?
LM - My coach Charlie Childs because he has always coached me since I first started playing. He gives up a lot of his spare time for me and he’s always believed in me.
SHIOW: The 7 Olympic and Paralympic values are respect, excellence, friendship, courage, inspiration, dedication and equality. What do these words mean to you?
LM - I should always respect others, strive for excellence, develop new friendships through sport, show courage, be inspired by others and hope that others will be inspired by me, dedication is essential and treat everyone with equality.
SHIOW: How has the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme helped you with your sport? (funding, free access to leisure centres, bus pass, fast-track physiotherapy, sports science conference)
LM - Free access to leisure centres has helped with extra training time especially the gym work. The funding has helped towards the overall cost of competing and travel/accommodation cost
SHIOW: And finally, which 10 words would best describe you?
LM - Dedicated, determined, sporty, friendly, competitive, focused, happy, committed, energetic, conscientious
Sports Development Officer (Performance)