Tin-Tin Ho named Young Sports Person of the Year at British Ethnic Diversity awards
PUBLISHED: 14:54 25 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:54 25 February 2015
Paddington table tennis star Tin-Tin Ho has been named Young Sports Person of the Year at the inaugural British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards.
The 16-year-old, who lives in Upbrook Mews and used to attend St Joseph’s Catholic School in Maida Vale, collected the accolade at a ceremony attended by 500 people at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
The outcome was decided partly by public vote and partly by a panel of experts and is a deserved reward for Ho who, among other successes, won a silver medal in the mixed doubles at the Commonwealth Games and competed at the World Junior Championships.
She was shortlisted from a large list of nominees for the award, which is sponsored by Lycamobile, and was in good company among the winners as England cricketer Moeen Ali, gymnastics star Becky Downie and Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis also scooped honours – Lewis getting the ifetime Achievement award.
Olympic champions Christine Ohoruogu and Jason Gardner, plus Rugby World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi were also on the guest list – as was Table Tennis England chair Sandra Deaton.
“It was a really good night,” said Ho. “I didn’t expect it to be so big. When we went in, they were taking photos and doing interviews.
“I was sitting next to Ali Jawad the weightlifter, who won the inspirational performance award, so that was quite cool.
“It feels really good to win the award and it’s good publicity for table tennis. I want to thank my family and Table Tennis England for encouraging people to vote for me, and all the people who voted.”