Gav causing racket with wonder bat; TABLE TENNIS.
When you've got your name on the equipment, it's usually a sign you're at the top of your game.
When you're recognised on the tube in London because you play table tennis, it's a sign you've transcended it.
Gavin Rumgay is Scotland's most dominant sportsman in his field, with 10 national championships in 12 years and a Commonwealth medal to his name.
Now, though, the 31-year-old is trying to take himself and his sport to another level commercially by introducing a revolutionary high-class racket.
The Rumgay Reactor - crafted from rare Japanese Hinoki wood and ultra-light carbon - is attracting huge interest for its state of the art design. But he insists it's just the tip of the iceberg for his plans to promote his brand in a sport that has always struggled for attention.
Rumgay said: "I'm the first player in 20 years in Britain to have a professional racket with his name on it. A lot of the guys have rackets out but they're mainly for schoolkids.
"But this one is top of the line. And it's not just an ego thing to have your name on the bat - I've genuinely had my eyes opened to the whole process.
"My manager Miles Ross - who's Jonathan's brother - put a lot of thought into it and even though you're a professional player it's not something you spend enough time thinking about until you go through the design process. Even things like the aerodynamics, like getting the shape of the head of the racket thinner so it's travelling through the air quicker.
"All that sort of stuff. All I've done before is pick up a racket and go 'Heavy or light? Okay, prefer light'. But changing the shape has made a big difference.
"Some of the top players in and around London who have hit with it have bought one instantly - and a few of the big companies are showing a real interest.
"It's something every top player should think about."
Minority sports have traditionally struggled to attract interest and sponsors but Rumgay has proved adept at generating his own publicity.
His high-octane vocal style on court and his infamous "Weegie wedgie" at Glasgow 2014 went global on the internet.
His runner-up performance in the Barry Hearn-backed World Ping Pong Championships live on Sky didn't go unnoticed.
And he's taking advantage with his London-based racket sports coaching business. Rumgay said: "Commercialising table tennis might have seemed impossible in the past but I'm seeing opportunities."
You can find details on the Rumgay Reactor and Gavin's coaching clinics on www.gavinrumgay.com.
HOTSHOT Rumgay aims to boost table tennis with his own bat brand
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|Publication:||Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Oct 18, 2015|
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