Olympic hopeful passes his skills on to Olney School students

ANDREW Baggaley took time out from his Olympic preparations last week to help introduce table tennis to Olney Middle School for the first time.

The 28-year-old will take on the best of Europe early next year in an attempt to book a place at London 2012, but has also been busy inspiring the next generation of potential gold medallists by showing off his skills to youngsters aged 9-11 at Olney Middle. The school has just introduced table tennis to its sports programme and invited the British number one along to try out their new equipment.

Baggaley has a busy schedule planned for early 2012 with two Pro Tours in Hungary and Slovenia pencilled in before the Olympic European Qualification tournament in Switzerland in April. Success at that competition will book him a place at the Games - with three British places up for grabs - but should things not go to plan then there is also a World Qualification tournament a few weeks later with the same reward. He also has to get a few games in playing for his Paris-based club side along the way too as he hopes to improve on his World Ranking of 147.