Fourteen-year-old Lizzie Tolman, a current Year 10 pupil at Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School, recently competed in the Under 15 European championships as one of eight players to represent England.
Lizzie played in both the mixed doubles and girls doubles, where she reached the quarter finals in the mixed category but was knocked out by the top seeds who eventually went on to win. Together with her partner Fee Teng Liew, Lizzie beat the number two seeds in the girls doubles in a very close three-set semi-final. Lizzie and Fee are an established doubles pair and have won all domestic Under 15 events this year. However, this time they came away with a silver medal after losing in the final to a strong Dutch side.
Two days after returning from Switzerland, Lizzie flew out to Denmark where she played for England in the 8 Nations, returning with a bronze medal in the team event. Following that, she competed in both the English Under 17 and English Under 15 Nationals in Surrey. In the Under 17 event Lizzie reached the quarter finals in both the mixed and the girls doubles; a great achievement considering she is up to three years younger than her competitors. In the Under 15 category she became the National Champion in the girls doubles and silver medalist in the mixed.
In order for Lizzie to compete at this level she has to train four nights a week, travel to tournaments on Fridays and compete in matches on Saturdays and Sundays.
Despite such a hectic schedule, Lizzie still manages to excel in her studies and is heading for a strong set of GCSE results next year.