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GB table tennis medallist steps down from international duty

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Kelly Sibley, winner of two commonwealth medals, has stepped down from playing table tennis for England in order to concentrate on her coaching career.

Having represented both England and the United Kingdom at the Commonwealth Games, European Championship, World Championship and even the Olympics, Kelly Sibley has had an impressive sporting career spanning 15 years. 

Kelly Sibley Table Tennis

Earlier this month, alongside the rest of the women in the English table tennis women's team, she beat Australia to win team bronze at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

In addition to this Selby had also previously won a bronze in mixed doubles with her partner Danny Read at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, alongisde multiple other national level tiltes.  

However, following these victories, Sibley has indicated her intention to step down from international competition in order to focus all of her attention on coaching upcoming champions at Nottingham University.

Speaking of her decision, the five time English champion commented: "I feel this is the right time in my life for it all to come to an end.

"I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way as without your support none of this would of been possible."

Sibley has been the head coach of the university's table tennis programme since the 2016/2017 season and, alongisde her team of elite coaches, seeks to develop furture olympians' skills through intense training.  

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