Youngster Tia Norton carries the Great Britain flag in Mexico City


A LEAMINGTON schoolgirl was youngest member of Nice Britain’s padel tennis facet who completed sixth general on the World Championships held in Mexico final month in Mexico.
Tia Norton, from Whitnash, represented GB’s Beneath-14 facet on the tender age of simply 12 on the prestigious match, which was held between November 16-21 in Mexico Metropolis.
The Beneath-14s beat the USA 3 times and likewise bought the higher of host Mexico and Paraguay however they misplaced out to Brazil in an exciting match that completed 7-5 in a 3rd set thriller.
Tia progressed by the competitors along with her accomplice from Spain, Zuzka Patacho from Spain, who she partnered on the World Cup and who qualifies for GB by her mom who’s from the UK.
The GB pair reached the quarter-finals of the occasion and the three groups (U14, U16 and U18) collectively achieved a sixth-place end, whereas the boys staff completed third to take bronze.
“To be requested to characterize  your nation at a World Cup is the last word in any sport,” stated Tia’s father Jonathan.
“As mother and father and seeing your 12-year-old daughter main their nation out within the opening ceremony, waving the Union Jack simply doesn’t get any higher.
“We’re immensely proud and honoured to have seen her compete and develop in power and character this final week.”
Padel tennis is among the quickest rising sports activities in Europe and is similar to tennis in that it’s performed in doubles however on a courtroom one-third the dimensions of an ordinary tennis courtroom.
The sports activities was invented in Mexico again in 1969 and permits gamers to play balls off the partitions utilizing smaller un-stringed rackets.
Tia has solely been taking part in Padel tennis for simply 3 months however she was invited to GB trials again in September in Birmingham GB’s junior head coach Matt Thomas, who then requested to compete on the World Cup 4 weeks in the past.

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