British Para Table Tennis Non Executive Directors – 2 Vacancies

BRITISH  PARA TABLE TENNIS

NON- EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS-  2 VACANCIES

British Para Table Tennis ( BPTT) is the National Governing Body for elite Para Table Tennis as recognised by UK Sport which funds its World Class Programme.  3 medals -including 2 gold   by  Will Bayley MBE  and Rob Davies MBE  – were achieved at the Rio 2016 Paralympic  Games ranking Great Britain as 4th equal in the medals table for Para Table Tennis and now  we look  forward  to Tokyo  2020 and onwards to 2024. BPTT runs a domestic competitions programme  for its members  as well as competing  internationally; it works with the Home Nations Table Tennis Associations  and  National  Disability  Sports Organisations to influence and develop para table tennis within the UK and internationally. It has committed to the Code for Sports Governance.

BPTT is a company limited by guarantee as well as a registered  charity.  Following a change in Articles, it wishes to appoint 2 further Non- Executive  Directors either from the membership or as independents.

The Board wishes to appoint Directors who as individuals have the experience, interest, knowledge and  skills to complement and improve the skills set already in place through the 5 current Board members led by the Chairman -Mrs Karen Tonge MBE.

Expertise in Commercial , Marketing and  Income Generation as well as Finance and Legal would be particularly advantageous  as would be an  understanding of  High Performance Sport.

All Board  Directors should bring their experience from employment and/or voluntary activity to benefit BPTT and the ability to listen carefully, analyse clearly,question constructively and behave  collectively and with integrity  would  be important assets. They will need to understand and  appreciate the interests of all stakeholders.

The Board is immediately responsible for Strategy, Finance , Governance as well as Performance and Representation; it has overall scrutiny  of all BPTT activities including its sub -committees.  Experience and understanding of these aspects will be helpful.

Board Directors  would be

–     volunteers who are paid appropriate travel and subsistence expenses.

  • appointed for a 4 year term with eligibility for a further  4 year term .
  • expected to attend weekday Board meetings which  are currently held in Sheffield where the Performance team is based
  • able and willing to  commit  5 days  pa  for Board meetings, AGM and national events plus extra  time as needed for any  other activity or representation on behalf of BPTT.

If you would welcome the opportunity to work with BPTT and in para sport, please forward a brief CV and personal statement  to   Mike  Smith    Company Secretary  BPTT  preferably by email  to mike.gr.smith@btinternet.com   or to 207 Glenfield Road Leicester LE3 6DL  . He would be happy to deal with any informal enquiries.

     Closing date  for applications               Sunday        May 7   2017 

    Interviews will be held in Sheffield on Wednesday May 31 2017

BPTT welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, gender, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age

Will Bayley MBE on BBC Question of Sport 22nd March 2017

qoswillTonight our very own Will Bayley MBE who won the class 7 Gold Medal at the Rio Paralympics last year will appear on BBC Question of Sport.

 

 

Will joins the infamous team captain Phil Tufnell (Tuffers) who is a favorite on the show plus Clinton Morrison a former professional footballer for Mickleover Sports.

Tune in tonight (Wednesday 22nd March 2017) on BBC1 at 23:15 for fun and games with the sports professionals hosted by Sue Barker.

 

Talent Recruitment Day Saturday 26th November 2016 EIS Sheffield

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British Para Table Tennis is actively searching for new talented athletes to become part of our Pathway Programme as we look to expand our talent pool for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and beyond.  Over the next 18 months, British Para Table Tennis will be running a number or Talent Recruitment Days across Great Britain.

To get involved, please read the brochure by clicking the link below.

Does your disability fit within International classification set by the International Table Tennis Federation?

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If you have any questions please contact Shaun Marples whose information is in the brochure.

Shae to shine in national TV spotlight !!!

Up-and-coming para player Shae Thakker (class 10) will showcase his talents on a primetime TV show on Saturday night.

The 13-year-old, who recently won team gold and individual silver at the UK School Games, will appear on Go For It at 7pm on ITV.

The show, hosted by Stephen Mulhern, features people with impressive skills and talents performing challenges against the clock.

The nature of Shae’s challenge remains a mystery until the show airs, but the Denham player said filming the programme a few weeks ago was “an amazing experience that I will never forget”.

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“During the filming my heart was pounding I was excited and nervous facing the audience

“I was grateful for the opportunity to show my skill to everyone, I enjoyed every bit of the experience from filming the VT at home, having my own greenroom at the studios and meeting the whole cast of the production.

“I’m extremely excited being on TV.”

Don’t forget to tune in from 7pm to 8pm on ITV this Saturday to watch Shae in action.

Gorazd Vecko and Karen Tonge MBE celebrate with Will Bayley

Gold celebrations at British House. Performance Director Gorazd Vecko and Chairman of British Para Table Tennis Karen Tonge MBE.

with Gold medallist and Paralympic Champion Class 7 Will Bayley.

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The medals are quite heavy and as well as having braille writing all make different noises when shaken for gold, silver and bronze.

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UK School Games 2016 Loughborough

Billy Shilton (SW) beat Shae Thakker (SE) in a pulsating standing disability final, while the learning disability prize went to Hamish Friell (SE), beating Wales’ Sid Mohanty.

The last match to finish was also a thriller as Cellan Hall of Wales saved nine match points on the way to victory over Dan Bullen (Midlands) in the crucial match of the round-robin wheelchair event.

Disability

Standing

Next stop for Billy Shilton is Rio, and he leaves for the Paralympics as School Games champion after successfully defending his title.

But the South West athlete was made to fight every inch of the way in a final which had the crowd enthralled as his opponent Shae Thakker (South East) battled back from two sets down.

A lengthy final featured three deuce games, with Shilton taking the first 16-14 and Thakker the third and fourth. But Shilton had the class when it mattered and took the decider 11-5.

Bronze medals went to Tam Eastwood of Wales and Alex Bland of North East.

Results

Quarter-finals

  • Billy Shilton (ESW) – bye
  • Tam Eastwood (WAL) bt Declan Tobin (SCO) 3-0 (11-4, 11-2, 11-5)
  • Shae Thakker (ESE) bt Joe Davies (ENW) 3-0 (11-4, 11-2, 11-5)
  • Alex Bland (ENE) bt Thomas Spicer (EM) 3-0 (11-8, 11-6, 11-7)

Semi-finals

  • Shilton bt Eastwood 3-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-6)
  • Thakker bt Bland 3-0 (11-9, 11-4, 11-7)

Final

  • Shilton bt Thakker 3-2 (16-14, 11-9, 11-13, 10-12, 11-5)

Learning

There were new medallists all round, with gold going to Hamish Friell, adding to the team gold he won alongside Shae Thakker for South East.

Friell was the stand-out performer, winning his two group matches and then a semi-final against Ben Robinson (NE) and the final against Wales’ Sid Mohanty.

The key win for Mohanty had come in the groups, when he saw off Robinson in five, twice coming from a set down and winning the decider 12-10.

Alongside Robinson, bronze went to David Morrison of Scotland.

Results

Group F

  • Hamish Friell (ESE) bt Alfie Armstrong (ESW) 3-1 (11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6)
  • David Morrison (SCO) bt Armstrong 3-2 (11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 11-5)
  • Friell bt Morrison 3-0 (11-7, 11-5, 11-9)

Group G

  • Ben Robinson (ENE) bt Reece Barker (ENW) 3-0 (11-0, 11-1, 11-1)
  • Sid Mohanty (WAL) bt Barker 3-0 (11-0, 11-2, 11-1)
  • Mohanty bt Robinson 3-2 (9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10)

Semi-finals

  • Mohanty bt Morrison 3-0 (11-3, 11-5, 11-8)
  • Friell bt Robinson 3-0 (11-9, 11-4, 14-12)

Final

  • Friell bt Mohanty 3-1 (11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9)

Wheelchair

Cellan Hall saved no fewer than nine match points across two sets to finally get his hands on gold after appearing at seven School Games.

The player on the other side of the net, Dan Bullen of Midlands, try as he might, could just not get over the line, and the Welshman was delighted to take his own second match point.

The round-robin event had built to an exciting climax and was the last match to finish on the day, and 16-14, 15-13 scorelines in the final two games tipped the balance to Hall.

Bronze went to Andrew Green of North East.

Results

  • Cellan Hall (WAL) bt Andrew Berry (SCO) 3-0 (11-1, 12-10, 11-5)
  • Daniel Bullen (EM) bt Andrew Green (ENE) 3-0 (11-1, 11-2, 11-4)
  • Bullen bt Berry 3-0 (11-3, 11-2, 11-2)
  • Hall bt Green 3-0 (15-13, 11-4, 11-6)
  • Green bt Berry 3-0 (11-7, 11-3, 11-5)
  • Hall bt Bullen 3-2 (8-11, 11-9, 2-11, 16-14, 15-13)

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a) Find out which activities amputees and people with limb impairments are currently taking part in, as well what they would like to take part in the future.

b) Gain an understanding of the impact wearing a prosthesis (false limb) has on an individual’s likelihood to take part in sport and physical activity.

 We want all amputees and people with limb impairments living in the UK to complete this survey, whether you take part in sport and physical activity currently or not.

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GB STARS TO COMPETE IN BTTAD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 5th & 6th March 2016 GRANTHAM

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World champion Will Bayley and double European champion Rob Davies will be among the competitors at this year’s Butterfly Michael Hawkesworth Championships (BTTAD National Championships) held on March 5-6 at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre.

They will be joined by other members of the GB Para Table Tennis Team preparing for this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio including London 2012 medalists Aaron McKibbin, Ross Wilson, Sara Head and Jane Campbell.

The Championships provide an opportunity for young up-and-coming players to take on the members of the GB Team, many of whom are ranked in the top ten in the World in their class.

Rob Davies Vejle 2015Welshman Davies, who successfully defended his European title in 2015, is the men’s class 1 World number one and is looking forward to starting his season in Grantham.

“The Nationals are really important,” he said. “I didn’t go to Italy so it will be my first competition of the year and the first opportunity for me to see what level I am playing at the moment. I’ve got strong competition within the GB squad from Tom (Matthews) so it will be good competition and a lot to play for. It’s good to have people pushing you all the time – you’ve got to up your game and be at your best all the time. Since January I’ve been really chuffed with the way things are going again – I’ve had good consistency in training which is something I haven’t been able to get, through injury and other things. I’ve still got a way to go but I’m excited about the future now. It’s the first time I’ve played the National Championships for a while so I’m looking forward to it.”

Bayley also holds the World number one ranking in his class and will be bidding to win the Men’s Open Standing title as well as Men’s class 7.

“It’s a great tournament,” said the 28 year old Paralympic silver medalist, “and so competitive now with so many good young players coming through and good older players. The National title is obviously something I’d love to win and it would be nice to win the Open title – I’ve lost to Kim (Men’s class 10 athlete Kim Daybell) about six times I think in the final but it’s not easy to get to the quarter-finals now let alone the final. I’ll just try my best and we’ll see how it goes.”

Sara Head Nat Champs 2015Among those who will be defending their title is Ladies’ Wheelchair Open champion Sara Head, who won a memorable bronze medal in London 2012 in the women’s class 1-3 team event with Jane Campbell.

“The Nationals are really important to me,” she said. “It’s a home event and great practice – it gets very competitive and you know if you manage to win back what you won last year it is a fantastic achievement. But it is all about preparation for everything this year so I am looking to build on that with every match I play. Matches against Jane are always the hardest matches for us. I don’t like playing any of my teammates to be honest because as much as I want to win I also want to see them do well. It’s very difficult because I want the best of both worlds really.”