Table tennis ace grabs silver

TABLE tennis ace Howard Tomlinson is celebrating after winning a silver medal in the mixed doubles at last month’s European Games in Poland.
Howard, 35, who has Down’s Syndrome, reached the final with playing partner Jane McCrudden.
Howard, of Fox Royd Avenue, Mirfield, also narrowly missed out on another medal in the table tennis singles by finishing fourth.
The medal adds to the silver and bronze Howard won at last year’s Special Olympics summer games, which were held in Leicester.
And it is another honour to add to Howard’s recentlyappointed role as one of 15 ‘ambassadors’ for Mirfield.  
Howard was even chosen to light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony.
Howard and his table tennis colleagues won a gold, four silvers and two bronzes out of Team GB’s stunning 88medal haul.
Proud dad Ivan paid tribute to the many generous local people and firms who raised about £3,000 to allow Howard to compete.
Travel and accommodation costs took up a third that total while further cash was needed to get Howard to Team GB training camps before the games.
“Howard wouldn’t have been able to go without help, so I’d like to say a big, big, ‘thank you’ to all those who donated,” he said.
Ivan and mum Susan were unable to go with him but the couple watched their son in action on DVD.
“I think the thing he enjoyed most was lighting the Olympic flame,” Ivan added. “That was a onceinlifetime experience.
“Howard and Jane started off slowly in the mixed doubles but gained in confidence and the only game they lost was the final.”
Howard hopes to further increase his medal tally when he takes part in the Mencap Games in Liverpool in December.

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