SIBLEY Kelly < Back  
Sport Table Tennis
CGA England   
Gender Women
Born 21 May 1988 in Royal Leamington Spa, ENG
Height1.71 m
Weight 73 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Sheffield, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Social Work Studies - Open University
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She started playing table tennis when she was eight at her local club, Lillington Free Church.
Why this sport? Her mother used to play and was one of the best women players in the county.
Club / Team Irun Leka Enea: Bilbao, ESP
Name of coach Alan Cooke
Coach from which country? England
Coach from what year? 2001
Training Regime She trains approximately 25-30 hours per week. Monday and Wednesday: core stability training, team training, long distance running and sprinting as well as strength and weights training.
Tuesday and Thursday: speed and agility training.

Preferred position / style / stance / technique Classic
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2004
Competing for England
Tournament European Championships
Location Italy
General Interest
Nicknames 'Kel', 'Sible'. (kellysibley.com, 23 Aug 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement When she became English number one and won the National Championships. (kellysibley.com, 23 Aug 2010)
Most influential person in career Her mum, Lynn. (bbc.co.uk, 16 Jan 2007)
Hero / Idol Athlete Kelly Holmes. (kellysibley.com, 23 Aug 2010)
Injuries She had an operation on her left hip at the start of 2008/2009 season, and was out for five months. (kellysibley.com, 23 Aug 2010)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She has a lucky red and black t-shirt that she wore when she won her first national championship. She also kisses the necklace that her mum gave her before every match. (guardian.co.uk, 11 Jan 2009, bbc.co.uk, 16 Jan 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto "If you want to achieve in table tennis, or in any sport, you have to train hard. Never give up. Always welcome criticism and give it 110%." (kellysibley.com, 23 Aug 2010)
Famous relatives Her mum, Lynn Bolitho, was a talented table tennis player who played in her local county competition. (Leamington Spa Courier, 06 Mar 2008)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2010 Commonwealth Games. (kellysibley.com, 23 Aug 2010)
Other information LAW FIRM SPONSORSHIP
She was noticed by Leamington law firm, Wright Hassell, when she was 11 years old and they have been sponsoring and promoting her ever since. (wrighthassell.co.uk, 23 Aug 2010)