Adam Gittings returned from the Sainsbury’s School Games with two gold medals.
The 18-year-old, from Rossington, won the learning disability singles title and helped the England North East squad lift the team title during three intense days of competition in Manchester.
The North East line-up of Gittings, Alex Bland (standing disability) and Megan Shackleton (wheelchair) went through the competition unbeaten to lift the title ahead of England South East and defending champions Wales.
Adam, 18, said: “It’s great because it’s our first time as champions and it’s my first School Games, so that’s even better. We’re strong in all areas but we had some tough matches and four other teams took points off us.
“My toughest match was against North West because my opponent (Jordan McGarry) was unbeaten and I only lost to him 11-8 in the fifth.”
In the individual competition, Adam gained revenge over McGarry in the final, beating him 3-1 (11-13, 11-4, 12-10, 11-4).
He added: “It was my aim to win two golds but I thought it would be very, very hard and it was. I had to work extra hard, all the other players played well.
“I think my work ethic was the key. I believe if you work as hard as you can, the results will come and you’ve got to keep your focus too.”