Wallington brothers Leon and Luke Griffiths were vital cogs in the first ever Great Britain side to win the World Team title at the 2019 FIR World Racketlon Championships in Leipzig last week.

Racketlon is a combination sport in which competitors play a sequence of four racket sports: table tennis, badminton, squash, and tennis and is modelled on other combination sports like the triathlon and decathlon.

In addition to being lynch-pins in a side that dominated the group stages, before over-coming the challenge of familiar rivals Denmark in the semi-finals and then host nation Germany in the final; Leon and Luke also secured individual World Titles in the U21s and U16s events respectively.

Luke added the U16’s Team World Title to his impressive haul as well, in the process securing a third “Triple Crown” in the U16s events (singles, doubles and teams).

It was a thrilling final against Germany for the Great Britain side and both Leon and Luke played pivotal roles.

In both the table tennis and the badminton, the Germans were edging ahead, but Luke (with doubles partner Duncan Stahl) and Leon in the final singles leg, would secure big wins to establish the GB lead into the next sport.

On the squash court, both were dominant, and the big wins they recorded here left Great Britain 23 points ahead with only 44 remaining for the Germans to win on the tennis.

Victory was secured on the tennis court, thanks in no small part to the efforts of both boys on the team.

After 17 failed attempts, Great Britain had won a first ever team World Title.

With a first world title in the bag for the weekend, Leon and Luke continued to impress. Luke was dominant, winning the U16s Team title and the U16s singles title without needing to use his tennis racket as he had won all his matches without needing to play the fourth sport.

Leon was pushed slightly harder in the U21s team event, he needed to play three points of tennis to defeat Finnish top seed, Luka Penttinen.