L-R: Danny Burns, Temeesha Hobbs and George Downing


The Isle of Wight’s table tennis team secured 3 medals during this year’s Island Games in Gibraltar.

On Friday (12th July), the team had 3 semi-finals to contest in; the Men’s Doubles, the Men’s Singles and the Mixed Doubles, with all their male opponents full-time professionals. The Island’s number 1, George Downing, featured in all 3 matches.

George and teammate Danny Burns were first up in the Men’s Doubles against Jersey. Despite a strong performance and nearly edging the second set, the Islanders ultimately lost 3-0, but gained a Bronze medal.

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Downing played his Men’s Singles against Gary Dodd from Guernsey, winning the first set 12-10 and he was leading in the second when the fire alarm went off and the match had to be stopped for 20 minutes. Unfortunately, this affected Downing’s concentration and he lost the next 2 sets quickly, never regaining his focus, eventually losing 4-1 and gaining the Bronze medal.

Downing paired up with Temeesha Hobbs for the Mixed Doubles semi-final against Gotland. With some superb play from both players, they won 3-1 and were through to the final, to meet the pair from Aland who they had beaten in the team event.

The final was a thriller from start to finish, with excellent play from both sides. It was a tense, nail-biting game which culminated in a fifth set to decide the gold medal. Downing and Hobbs eventually lost out to the Aland pair but gained a well-deserved Silver.

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