Leyton Ey recently travelled to the Northern Territory for table tennis tournament. He is also into the final of the local teams competition this week.
Leyton Ey recently travelled to the Northern Territory for table tennis tournament. He is also into the final of the local teams competition this week. Mike Knott BUN120916FAMILY2

Leyton's rise to the nationals

He recently returned from the national junior championships in Alice Springs having competed in the under-15 singles, doubles and mixed doubles events.

Despite not achieving the best results, Ey said he was proud of what he did.

"I played alright," he said.

"I didn't get into any finals or anything but I played to the best of my ability."

Now back in the region, Ey will be part of the Wanderers team that will battle for the division one title on Friday night (see below).

He said being part of the representative kids squad has turned his game around.

"I slowly started getting better when I first started," he said.

"Then I started training on a Monday night with the Bundaberg rep kids and with Dave Delpratt and that has helped me out so much with strategy for the game."

Playing predominantly as a defender, Ey loves nothing more than to counter-punch every attack from his opposition.

Inspired by the recent Olympics, where the best table tennis athletes fought for gold, Ey said he now want to improve his game further.

"(I want to) train harder, so I can get better."

"(I) probably need to be attacking more and staying up at the table."

He said the focus is to also make the under-18 nationals next year.

"I'll be competing in little tournaments then the Queensland juniors to hopefully make the national under-18 team next year," he said.

"If I make it next year it will be harder."