GWU Student-Athlete Josiah Stanton-Brooks to Compete at The Southern Open Table Tennis Championship - GWUSports.com—Official Web Site of Gardner-Webb Athletics
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Gardner-Webb track & field student-athlete Josiah Stanton-Brooks will compete at The Southern Open Table Tennis Championship on July 28-29 in Houston, Texas, at the George R. Brown Convention Center with a chance to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.
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GWU Student-Athlete Josiah Stanton-Brooks to Compete at The Southern Open Table Tennis Championship
Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
          Release: July 12, 2012
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Boiling Springs, N.C. - Gardner-Webb track & field student-athlete Josiah Stanton-Brooks will compete at The Southern Open Table Tennis Championship on July 28-29 in Houston, Texas, at the George R. Brown Convention Center with a chance to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

Stanton-Brooks, who currently holds the Gardner-Webb school-record in the 1500 meters, joined the Association of Table Tennis Professionals (ATTP) in 2010 and is also a member of the Maryland Table Tennis Association (MdTTA) and the Atlanta Georgia Table Tennis Association League (AGTTA).

After playing with friends for fun throughout high school, Stanton-Brooks came to Gardner-Webb University where he began to take the game of table tennis more seriously, practicing on a regular basis in the Suttle Wellness Center Game Room on the campus of GWU.

Knowing that table tennis is an Olympic Sport, Stanton-Brooks began to explore the possibilities of one day competing in the Olympics.

His love of the sport, which continued to grow, allowed him to find the ATTP League, which began in 2009, as well as Coach Tony Xang.

Stanton-Brooks, who has been ranked as high as No. 24 out of 1,000 competitors competing under the ATTP, has had a rating as high as 2200 in the International Table Tennis Federation rankings (ITTF) and will enter The Southern Open later this month with a current ITTF rating of 1900.

Seeded 24th to start the event, if Stanton-Brooks were to beat the No. 1 seed, he would play the last seed on the Olympic Team for a spot on the alternate list for the 2012 London Olympics.

"I am just very excited and humbled to be competing at the Table Tennis Olympic Trials and look forward to trying to beat my teammates (ATTP)- because they are better than me," stated Stanton-Brooks with a laugh. "I have learned to seize every moment and cherish it because the next is not promise."

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