Bayley and Davies head British squad for European Championships

Paralympic champions Will Bayley and Rob Davies head a 16-strong British squad that will compete in the European Para Table Tennis Championships in Lasko, Slovenia from September 28-October 4.

Bayley, who is also the current World champion in men’s class 7, will be looking to take the European crown and hold all three major titles at the same time. The 29 year old from Tunbridge Wells won the European title in 2011 but has taken silver on the last two occasions, losing in the final in 2013 to the Ukrainian Mykhaylo Popov and in 2015 to Jean-paul Montanus from the Netherlands. Bayley won the German Open in June beating the current World number one Maksym Nikolenko from Ukraine in the final.

Davies is bidding for his third consecutive European singles title and with fellow Welshmen Paul Davies, the London 2012 bronze medallist, and Tom Matthews will also defend the men’s class 1 team title won in 2013 and 2015. The 33 year old lost the World number one ranking after a below-par performance in the German Open in June but came back to win gold in the Czech Open earlier this month.

The full squad for the European Championships is:

Will Bayley MBE – men’s class 7 singles
Will Bayley action 3“I might never have the opportunity again to hold all three titles at the same time and it would be a dream so I just want to put myself in with a chance of doing it. I’m also realistic enough to know that sport is unpredictable and anything can happen so I don’t really put myself under too much pressure in that way. It’s been a really good build-up – probably one of the best that I’ve had – and I’ve been working harder than ever before and trying to improve because I don’t want people to say that I settled for gold in Rio and now I’ve taken my foot off the gas.  Winning the German Open gives me massive confidence because Nikolenko has been brilliant this season and only lost one match so it is going to be a massive challenge to beat him but I’m looking forward to it.”

Paul Davies – men’s class 1 singles and class 1 team
Paul Davies action 1“I’m really looking forward to the Europeans. It would be nice if I could repeat what I did in 2013 and get to the final but you never know. We are definitely favourites for the team gold and I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’ve had some good tournaments this year already and beaten the players who are the main threats in the Europeans except for a certain Rob Davies. Experience counts for a lot and having played in the Excel in 2012 and in front of the Brazilian crowd in Rio I think I can cope with anything but you’ve still got to keep your head together. You never stop learning but as you get older you mature more in the sport and your mind-set is different. I don’t get nervous playing in major tournaments – I just enjoy the buzz of it.”

Rob Davies MBE – men’s class 1 singles and class 1 team
Rob Davies action 3“I just like competing and trying to be at my best for the major competition every year – whether it is Europeans, Worlds or Paralympics. It was good to get the gold in the Czech Open. I’d lost a few matches earlier in the season but I wanted to concentrate on other things in my life after Rio – including getting married in July. It is nice to be World number one – I think I was on honeymoon when I heard that I had gone down the rankings – but to be honest it is not as important for me as winning the major titles. I’m looking forward to going to the Europeans and hopefully playing my best table tennis. The Czech Open was really good match practice and I was happy with my performance there so I’ve just got to try and up my level again for the Europeans.”

Kim Daybell – men’s class 10 singles and class 10 team
Kim Daybell action 2“It has been a really hard year at medical school and you really have to put the time in so table tennis has had to take a bit of a back seat post Rio but now I’m happy to be back in the hall and training more regularly and I’m feeling quite good. Although my preparation has been very different to Rio I’ve been working with the team psychologist because you don’t want to go in too relaxed. It is still a major event and you need that nervousness and intention and I’ve still got high expectations in terms of how I want to perform. I think I am coming in with a more mature mind-set as every time I play I’m a little bit older. I’m not unhappy with my form – I need to sharpen up a bit and there are a few things I need to do before the Europeans. Obviously the preparation hasn’t been how it was for Rio for me with my timetable and studies over the last 12 months but there is no reason why I can’t perform well and I’m looking forward to getting back into the competition hall.”

Ashley Facey Thompson – men’s class 9 singles and class 10 team
Ashley Facey Thompson action 3“I moved to Sheffield after my degree because I thought it was the right time to become a full time athlete. Since I’ve moved I’ve changed as an athlete. I’m more professional and more committed – I’ve got the athlete psychology and mental attitude so I’m really happy with how I’m playing. I’ve only been here for a month or two but I’ve really improved and I can see that day-in and-day out and I’m getting to be the athlete I want to be. Rio showed me that I want to be an athlete and gave me the belief that I can challenge for a medal in Tokyo.  Kim and I haven’t done a team event since Rio so I’m happy that I’ve got my team mate back. It is good to play team event with a friend – we reached the quarter-finals in Rio and hopefully we can do well at the Europeans.”

Sue Gilroy MBE – women’s class 4 singles and class 4-5 team
“I’ve only been back in training a few weeks after having major surgery on my arm so I’m still limited on how much training I can do but from where I was four weeks ago when I didn’t think I would make the Europeans I’m playing a lot better now. I always put pressure on myself and have high targets so it is a big ask to be going in to a major championship and trying to win a gold but I can only do my best and try and play as well as I can. I’ll rely on my experience and my knowledge of my opponents and just go in without any real expectations. It would be great if I could win a medal but it is a long shot with the preparation I’ve had.”

Jack Hunter-Spivey – men’s class 5 singles
Jack Hunter-Spivey action 1“I’m feeling great going in to these Europeans. I’ve only played one international tournament since Rio but I’ve been training really hard and my game has massively improved. I think I know who I am as a player now and I think I know my style. I’m seeded five for the Europeans but I’ve beaten all of the top four players so I feel I’m really in a position now where I’m the guy you don’t want to meet in the next round and I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can do. The experience of Rio helped massively. I went to Rio wanting to be a Paralympian – that was the goal and I’ve done that now. That was my downfall in Rio and why I didn’t succeed there in the way I wanted to. The positives are that I now have more experience in major championships and I can use that going forward and hopefully do well.”

Paul Karabardak – men’s class 6 singles and class 6 team
Paul Karabardak action 2“Preparation has been really good and I’ve been training really hard. I’ve had some competitions at home and been playing really well so I’m excited about playing in the Europeans. Hopefully I can draw on my experience and that can set me up for a good competition. I need to play my game and not let my opponents dictate the matches – just do what I do best.  I did well two years ago and I think I’m playing better now and I’m more used to class 6. We also have a fantastic chance in the team event – I’m playing with two really good players and I think we have a great chance to do really well.”

Tom Matthews – men’s class 1 singles and class 1 team
Tom Matthews action 1“Training has been going really well. Having taken a singles medal and team gold in 2015 definitely gives me confidence and hopefully we can retain the team title. Playing with Rob and Paul has helped me a lot. It is great to have a Paralympic champion alongside you in the team event telling you to calm down and giving you little techniques to help with concentration. I think my mentality has improved over the last two years. Before I could easily get frustrated if I wasn’t playing well but now it takes a lot to get me frustrated. I’m feeling quite confident going in to the Europeans and I’m looking forward to it – I can’t wait to get out there.”

Aaron McKibbin – men’s class 8 singles and class 8 team
Aaron McKibbin action 1“Preparation has gone really well. We’ve just come back from a training camp in Slovenia which is our normal routine before a major and as a squad it was one of our best camps. We’ve all matured a lot since Rio and I think we are in a great place going in to the European Championships. I think I’ve improved a lot since Rio and the result definitely helped my confidence – it was the most pressure I have played under and it was obviously the best feeling in the world to be able to secure a medal for the team. This season I’ve had really good results in singles as well as team – I reached the final of the Slovenia Open and lost a close match to the World number one in Germany so I feel that I am in a good position and the experience and maturity has helped me a lot. I’ll focus on the singles first and then hopefully we’ve got a great shot at the team event but every nation wants to win a medal at the European Championships so we know it won’t be easy.”

Martin Perry – men’s class 6 singles and class 6 team
Martin Perry action 2“The whole team is playing some really good stuff at the moment and I am feeding off that. I feel that I am playing really well and I’m feeling confident about going out there. It is my first major and I know that I have had the best preparation because the guys I have been training with are all top of their classes so I’m just looking forward to getting out there and learning as much as I can. It is going to be a great experience and it will be a good opportunity to see how well I can perform on the big stage. It is a great benefit for me playing in the team event alongside Dave and Paul. They have the experience of six Paralympics between them and numerous World and European championships so it is an incredible team to be a part of and hopefully we can come together as a team out in Slovenia. We are all looking to go out there and win medals for our country.”

Felicity Pickard – women’s class 6 singles
Felicity Pickard action 1“I’ve changed a lot of my training over the summer with a lot more intensity and it is doing me good so I’m really looking forward to the Europeans. I think overall I’m a completely different person on and off the table to four years ago. My mentality towards the game has changed massively and I’m a lot stronger – I’ve done a lot more work in the gym and technically I am a lot better.  I need to play to my strengths. If I am mentally on my game then my opponents struggle because I am a big fighter. I’m playing well at the moment and hopefully I can keep it going and peak at the European Championships and be ready for some big challenges. It means a great deal to be going to another major championships and I’m really looking forward to getting out there and putting in some good performances.”

Megan Shackleton – women’s class 4 singles and class 4-5 team
Megan Shackleton action 1“We’ve just come back from a really intense training camp in Slovenia; I’m playing at a good level and I’m really excited about the Europeans. I think I’ve learnt how to manage my expectations in matches now and through winning a few team medals in major events as well I’ve built on my experience of those big tournaments and how to manage myself as an athlete.  Having beaten a top player gives me a lot of confidence. I’ve been working hard over the last couple of years and it is good to see the improvements in my game and that I’m tapping into my potential a little bit. I believe that I am now really competing with the top ten players.”

Billy Shilton – men’s class 8 singles and class 8 team
Billy Shilton action 2“My improvement not just in table tennis but in the gym as well has been a massive part of my progression in the last couple of years. Movement is a big thing for me – I’ve been working a lot in the gym on making my movement quicker and sharper around the table. This will be my first Europeans as a class 8 but I’m really looking forward to it. Preparation has been really good so I’m excited to get out there now. Ross and Aaron are one of the best teams in the world and what they did in Rio shows that, so to be in a team with those two will be a great opportunity for me to learn from – just watching them in the doubles will be really good experience for me. Tokyo is always in the back of my mind – going to a Paralympics has been a dream since I started playing table tennis but I am focused on the Europeans as it is a really big tournament for us.”

David Wetherill – men’s class 6 singles and class 6 team
David Wetherill action 1“I’m going to do my best. I really enjoy playing the team event because I’ve only played two team events in major competitions – one in the Worlds and one in the Europeans – so I’m looking forward to that. We have Martin in the team now as well and we can definitely look to improve in our silver medal in 2015.”

Ross Wilson – men’s class 8 singles and class 8 team
Ross Wilson action 1“We’ve had a really good training camp in Slovenia and it was great to get some good match practice out there. Since then it has been good to get back in the training hall in Sheffield and I’ve been working hard every day to see if I can find a bit more and see where I can improve my game. It was good to win in Germany and hopefully people know that I’m back now competing with the top guys again. That is where I want to be – pushing for the medals. It is a different feeling knowing that I am going in to a major competition with plenty of training behind me and that is definitely a positive. It is good to be on the table a  lot more now – I can’t say that just because I have had more time on the table that I am going to do better but it is definitely good for my confidence and makes me a lot more positive so hopefully I can do well.”

 

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Two team medals for Britain in Czech Open

There were two medals for the squad of young British Pathway and Development athletes in the team events on the final day at the PTT Czech Open in Ostrava, with teenagers Jack Stockdale and Shae Thakker taking bronze in the men’s class 9-10 team and 22 year old Lucie Bouron picking up bronze in the women’s class 1-5 team with her Chilean partner Tamara Leonelli Leonelli.

Lucie Bouron Nat Champs 2017Bouron and Leonelli Leonelli came through their group with 2-0 wins against combined teams from Argentina/Netherlands and Israel/Greece. That set up a semi-final against the class 3 World number four Andela Muzinic and World number 10 Helena Dretar and the Croatian pair proved too experienced for the young British/Chilean combination, winning the doubles 3-0 before Muzinic clinched their place in the final with a 3-0 win against Leonelli Leonelli.

“I’m feeling pleased with this tournament,” said Bouron. “I feel that I’ve played some good table tennis here and that has been shown by my medal in the team event. There are definitely some positives coming through in my matches and some areas to take home and work on.”

Stockdale, 17, from Romford and 14 year old Thakker from Slough lost their opening group match to Czech Republic but progressed to the semi-finals after a 2-0 win against Craig Allen and his Hungarian partner Barnabas Retter, with Stockdale defeating Retter 3-0 in the first singles to clinch the tie.

The young British pair were no match for Poland in their semi-finJack Stockdale v Misztal (POL) Czech Openal, losing the doubles to the more experienced Pawel Konstantyn and Pawel Jablonski before Stockdale was beaten by Igor Misztal in the first singles.

“Being able to play in my first senior tournament was a great opportunity for me,” said Stockdale. “Even though I didn’t play my best I came away with a lot of things to work on. Overall it was a good learning curve for me and I was very happy to win a medal in the team event with Shae.”

“This tournament has been extremely challenging for me,” said Thakker. “I haven’t been at my best but it has shown me the areas that I need to work on and start to develop. I will learn from the experience and reflect on it in order to improve. I’m very happy to win a medal in the team event with Jack.”

Dan Bullen and Philippe Durieux from France lost their four matches in the round-robin men’s class 5 event while in men’s class 6-7 Conor McAdam and Assaf Gofer from Israel went out after losses to Croatia, Slovakia and Japan, and Ryan Henry and Alex Bland also went out of men’s class 8 at the group stage after losses to Poland and a combined team from Hungary and Thailand.

GB assured of two team medals tomorrow in Ostrava

With the team events in the Czech Open to be decided tomorrow Lucie Bouron and her Chilean partner Tamara Leonelli (women’s class 1-5) and Jack Stockdale and Shae Thakker (men’s class 9-10) are assured of at least a bronze medal after progressing to the semi-finals of their respective events.

Bouron and Leonelli lost to top seeds Croatia but went through after 2-0 wins against Argentina/Netherlands and Israel/Greece, while Stockdale and Thakker progressed after a 2-0 win against Craig Allen and his Hungarian partner Barnabas Retter.

Dan Bullen and Philippe Durieux from France lost their three matches today in men’s class 5 and play their final match in the round robin event tomorrow. In men’s class 6-7 Conor McAdam and Assaf Gofer from Israel are out after losses to Croatia, Slovakia and Japan, and Ryan Henry and Alex Bland also went out of men’s class 8 at the group stage after losses to Poland and a combined team from Hungary and Thailand.

Davies takes gold in Czech Open

Paralympic champion Rob Davies has taken gold in the men’s class 1 singles at the PTT Czech Open in Ostrava ahead of his bid to win a third consecutive European title later this month.

The 33 year old Welshman came from 2-1 down in the semi-finals to defeat Federico Falco, the Italian who had beaten him in the German Open earlier this year, and then recovered from losing the first set to beat Endre Major from Hungary 3-1 in the final to clinch the gold.

DAVIES Robert GBR with Neil Robinson Czech Open“It’s good to be back and to get the gold,” said Davies. “I didn’t play my best but I’m happy with the way that I dug deep to get the results. It was a difficult match against Falco and it was good to get one back over him. It was a very close game and I was pleased with how I played in the last set. This tournament has been about learning how to play again and get my match tactics right.

“I’m reasonably happy with where I am at the moment. I know what I need to work on over the next three weeks so I can go to the Europeans with more confidence now.”

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Davies through to semi-final in Czech Open

DAVIES Robert GBR 1_MG_1194 Czech OpenParalympic champion Rob Davies is through to the semi-finals of the men’s class 1 singles at the Czech Open in Ostrava tomorrow. The 33 year old Welshman came from 2-1 down to beat the Argentinian Fernando Eberhardt 3-2 in his final group match to secure top place in his group. He will play Federico Falco, the young Italian who beat Davies in the German Open in June, for a place in the final.

With a number of Europe’s leading players taking the opportunity for some match practice ahead of the European Championships later this month it was a tough day for the young British players from the Pathway and Development squads.

HENRY Ryan GBR_MG_1255 Czech OpenRyan Henry did well to progress from his group in men’s class 8 with wins against Dorel Muresan from Romania 3-1 and Lukas Maxa from Czech Republic 3-0 before understandably finding the former Paralympic and World champion Mathieu Loicq from Belgium too experienced in their last 16 match.

Lucie Bouron started with a 3-1 win against Foteini Bousiou from Greece in the women’s class 3 singles and finished third in the round-robin event after losses to the World number four Andela Muzinic and her fellow Croatian Helena Dretar, the World number 10.

In men’s class 5 Dan Bullen lost to Claudiomiro Segatto from Brazil, the World number 12, (0-3) and Elias Romero from Argentina (1-3) but fought back from 2-0 down against Milos Tesar from Czech Republic to win 3-2 and claim third place in his group. Alex Bland also recorded a win in men’s class 7 – 3-1 against Maksym Chudsicki from Poland 3-1 – and finished third in his group after 3-0 losses to Daniel Horut from the Czech Republic and Hiromoto Kita frim Japan.

Jack Stockdale defeated Ahmed Almutairi from Saudi Arabia 3-0 but a 3-0 loss to the World number nine Ivan Karabec from Czech Republic left him needing to beat the Italian Lorenzo Cordua in his final match to progress. He made a good start, taking the first set 12-10 but a 3-1 loss left him in third place in the group. Shae Thakker finished fourth in the other men’s class 10 group after losing in four close sets to Dario Neira from Argentina.

Conor McAdam had a tough group in men’s class 6, which included the World number 6 Pavao Jozic from Croatia, and Craig Allen was also knocked out at the group stages in men’s class 9 after losses to Pawel Konstantyn from Poland and Barnabas Retter from Hungary.

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Martin Perry – Playing my part Video

Please find link below to a video from Sport Scotland for one of our Performance Squad athletes Martin Perry class 6.

Martin is based at Drumchapel Table Tennis Club in Glasgow and has embraced table tennis since he started playing – He’s worked very hard to move up the ranks both nationally and internationally.

Martin Perry

Martin is the current Class 6 British Champion and joined the main GB Performance squad early in 2017, he’s still making great progress internationally currently ranked 20 and moving steadily higher.

https://sportfirst.sportscotland.org.uk/articles/playing-my-part-martin-perry

 

 

Davies heads British squad for Czech Open

rob-davies-day-1-smiling-after-winning-match-v-kellerParalympic champion Rob Davies will prepare for the defence of his European title at the end of September by competing in the PTT Czech Open in Ostrava this week (September 7-9). The 33 year old Welshman who won gold in the men’s class 1 singles in Rio will be joined by a squad of eight young British Pathway and Development players including Jack Stockdale, gold medallist in this year’s Italian Junior (U23) Open, Romania Junior (U23) Open champions Conor McAdam, Craig Allen and Shae Thakker, and Alex Bland, gold medallist in the men’s class 7 team event at the Spanish Open in June.

“Training has been going well,” said Davies, “and I’m looking forward to playing some matches. It will be a good warm-up for the Europeans – there are some good players in my class including the Italian Federico Falco who beat me in Germany earlier this year so I hope that I get to play him again. I’m not at my peak yet but I’m getting there so I’m happy with where I am at the moment.”

The full British squad for the Czech Open is:
Craig Allen – class 9 (Bromsgrove)
Alex Bland – class 7 (Rotherham)
Lucie Bouron – class 3 (Bracknell)
Daniel Bullen – class 5 (St Neots)
Rob Davies – class 1 (Brecon)
Ryan Henry – class 8 (Ardrossan)
Conor McAdam – class 6 (Dundonald)
Jack Stockdale – class 10 (Romford)
Shae Thakker – class 10 (Slough)

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Young players gain valuable experience on Slovakia training camp

Slovakia Camp August 2017Ten young British players have just returned from a week in Slovakia training at the Table Tennis For All Centre in Privezda. The opportunity was open to all British Para Table Tennis members to attend the self-funding camp which also included three international Para players from Norway – Sebastien Vegsund (class 4) Steffen Salomonsen (class 8) and Frederik Jacobsen (class 8) – as well as World ranked top 300 able bodied players Luka Fucec from Croatia and Igor Zavadskyi from Ukraine and a variety of experienced sparring partners.

The camp was organised by the BPTT Pathway Manager Shaun Marples and the British contingent included recent international medalists Alex Bland, Lucie Bouron and Ryan Henry. The head coach at the Table Tennis For All Centre is the former Slovakian Para Table Tennis Team manager Sasa Dragas, who has been working with the British Performance Squad this year.

“The main aim of the training camp was to give some of our young BPTT members the opportunity to experience an International Training Camp,” said Marples. “The camp could not have gone any smoother; Sasa and his team have done a fantastic job in supporting the organisation and we had players from Norway, Slovakia and Croatia there for the full camp. The standard of practice was at a good level and everybody gained a lot of experience. Each player gained some valuable table time and knowledge from the other sparring partners and coaches and we are looking forward to planning next year’s camp. The atmosphere was great all week, both on and off the table.”

Andrew Green from Billingham was one of four players making their first trip abroad with the British team and said, “I have enjoyed the training over the week and it has motivated me to train harder to achieve my goals.”

He was accompanied by his grandfather Chris Samuels, who commented: “I enjoyed watching Andrew during the training sessions, learning and taking on board new techniques to improve his game. The facilities for the coaching and accommodation here are second to none.”

The 10 British athletes on the camp were:
Alex Bland (Rotherham)
Lucie Bouron (Bracknell)
Andrew Green (Billingham)
Cellan Hall (Bridgend)
Felicity Pickard (Burnley)
Kerenza Downes (Exeter)
Jack Lawrence (Filey)
Ryan Henry (Ardrossan)
Tamlan Eastwood (Pontardawe)
Tamar Packford (Blackpool)

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Baker joins legends on UK Sport Coaching Fellowship

Greg Baker 2014The British Para Table Tennis Team’s head coach Greg Baker has joined legendary coaches Sir David Brailsford, Jurgen Grobler, Baroness Sue Campbell and Malcolm Arnold OBE in becoming an honorary member of UK Sport’s Coaching Fellowship, which aims to champion the coaching profession and support the development of world class coaches in the UK.

Baker is one of nine coaches from a range of sports to have graduated this year from UK Sport’s Elite Coaching Programme and at the age of 31 is the youngest to receive a Fellowship.

Chris Stott, Elite Programme Coordinator at UK Sport, said: “Greg was selected by the Fellows themselves to join them as a result of his sustained coaching success on the world stage, his commitment and growth to self-development through the Elite Programme and for his passion for coaching. Greg’s commitment to the Elite Programme saw him develop both as a coach and personally, contributing to the fantastic results of his athletes and inspiring the nation.”

Born and raised in Birmingham but now based in Sheffield where the British Para Table Tennis Team trains at the English Institute of Sport, Baker started playing table tennis at the age of eight and lived at the National England Academy as a junior. He represented England from the age of 12-20, played in five European Youth Championships and was ranked England number 1 in U12, U15 and U18 age groups. In 2001 he took up coaching and joined the GB Para Table Tennis Team in 2006. After winning four medals in London 2012, the team won 11 medals at the European Para Championships in 2015 and three medals in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – including individual golds for Will Bayley and Rob Davies.

Having been selected for the Elite Coaching Programme, Baker took part in a rigorous three year course of personal and professional development from 2014-17, both as part of a group and individually, with unparalleled access to expertise, technology and experiences from within and outside the sports industry.

Rob Davies with coach Greg Baker after winning final“The Elite Programme has been a great experience,” he said, “and has taught me a lot about leadership and how to manage a team of people as well as providing valuable advice on coaching. I really enjoy working with Para athletes because of the range of disabilities involved and the challenge that presents. To take a group of athletes from Beijing in 2008 where we didn’t win any medals to winning three medals in Rio, including beating China in the team event after they beat us comfortably eight years ago, has been very rewarding and I’m very proud of what we have achieved as a team.

“I am absolutely delighted and privileged to be offered a place on UK Sport’s Coaching Fellowship. I am extremely passionate about coaching and what it can do to change people’s lives and the impact it has on elite performance. Great Britain has an excellent and ever developing coaching workforce and I believe the Fellowship can help to bring those coaches together to share knowledge, best practice and experiences to create an even stronger British coaching system. I look forward to continuing to develop my own coaching experience and helping in any way I can to improve the direction and shape of coaching in the UK.”

Gorazd Vecko, Performance Director for the British Para Table Tennis Team, said: “Greg’s commitment and dedication to Para table tennis has been a significant factor in the success of the team over the past five years. He is always looking to improve and he fully deserves the recognition from UK Sport and the Fellowship. His enthusiasm and energy are a great example to any coach and an inspiration to the athletes in our squad.”

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Information for Members of British Para Table Tennis (BPTT)

I wanted you all to be the first within our sport to know about the next changes the Board has agreed to going forward. We had tremendous coverage on Channel 4 at the Rio Paralympics and our players gave outstanding performances along with the coaches and support staff. Since returning from Rio our athletes took part in Manchester, London and Welsh Parades, others visited Buckingham Palace, appeared on numerous TV programmes and community engagements, followed by Will Bayley and Rob Davies both receiving the MBE thus raising the profile of Table Tennis Paralympians.

I feel we are at present we are in a good place We have now approved the new BPTT logo and it will appear on the new team kit in September 2017. It is attached with information on how it is to be used.

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We have nearly completed the arrangements for the production of a new web site and new email addresses for staff working on the World Class Performance Programme will also follow shortly. Alongside this agreements are all now in place for Tokyo 2020 with the Elite Squad now in training. Watch this space……

Yours in sport

Karen Tonge MBE

Chairman

British Para Table Tennis

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