Consistent Taylor earns under 21 state selection

WARRNAMBOOL teenager Ben Taylor hopes his seventh time representing Victoria in table tennis will result in a second national medal.

Ben Taylor: national medal hopes.

Ben Taylor: national medal hopes.

Taylor, 19, was selected in the Victorian A under 21 team for the national championships in Perth in June after accruing state team points from a number of tournaments.

His selection comes after he played for the Victorian B team in 2013 and won silver with the state A team a year earlier.

“I am very excited and I am hoping to medal and play a bit more consistently than I did the previous year,” Taylor said.

“I will train hard and work on the things I know I need to work on and hopefully I execute them during the week (in Perth).”

Taylor, who will train in Warrnambool in the lead-up to the competition, said his backhand and serve were two aspects of his game he would need to refine and believed his forehand would be an asset at the national championships.

He said earning state selection was satisfying.

“It means a lot,” Taylor said. “I put a lot of effort in and to get reward for the effort I put in is really nice.”

The second-year Deakin University student travels once a week to Geelong to play and competes in various competitions around the state.

He plays twice a week in Warrnambool too and runs Warrnambool Table Tennis Club’s junior program on Wednesday nights with another player.

Taylor thanked his parents, training partner Hewitt Missen and former Olympic coach Alois Rosario for their support.

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