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

Wilson and Hunter-Spivey take Open titles at National Championships

Ross Wilson and Jack Hunter-Spivey have won the Open singles titles in the standing and wheelchair categories respectively at the 2017 British Para Table Tennis Championships in Grantham. Sue Gilroy claimed her 22nd National title in the Ladies Open wheelchair class and Paralympic champion Will Bayley combined with 18 year old Billy Shilton to take the Open standing doubles.

Ross Wilson BPTT NationalsWilson also took the class 8 singles title, beating Shilton in the semi-final and his GB team partner Aaron McKibbin in the final. In the final of the Open singles he beat the class 10 singles champion Kim Daybell 3-1 to claim the National title for the second time in his career.

“It is really nice to see the standard going up in the Nationals each year,” said Wilson. “I played both Billy in the semi and Aaron in the final and they are both great players and I love the fact that we are improving together as a team. Kim beat me in the final last year so we’ve had a few jokes in training but it is all good fun and I’m really happy to be champion. I’m training more on the table now and it is good for me to know that I am doing the right things in training and that is helping me get the results.”

Hunter-Spivey completed a hat-trick of titles with the class 5 singles and the wheelchair doubles.

Jack Hunter-Spivey BPTT Nationals“It is a great feeling,” said the 21 year old from Liverpool. “I’ve been on top for five years now and it gets tougher every year. The junior players are getting a lot better and it’s been strong competition this year. I’m really proud to be British champion and I don’t take it for granted – it is nice to be the best in Britain but everyone else is fighting for it as well so I’ve got to be on my game all the time.”

Hunter-Spivey was partnered in the doubles by Pathway athlete Dan Bullen who was also runner-up in the class 5 singles.

“It was a pleasure to play with Jack in the doubles,” said Bullen. “It is the first time we’ve played together and we worked really well so hopefully we can look forward to playing together more in the future.”

Gilroy has dominated the women’s wheelchair events at the Nationals for more than two decades and also won the class 4 singles as well as taking silver in the Open wheelchair singles, losing in the final to Hunter-Spivey.

“There is still work to be done but I played really well this weekend,” said Gilroy. “To win 22 National titles is something I’m really proud of and I don’t think that is something anyone else will ever do.”

Martin Perry BPTT NationalsMartin Perry celebrated his promotion last week to the British Performance Squad by taking the class 6 singles title, beating the European bronze medallist and three time Paralympian David Wetherill 3-2 in a thrilling final.

“To beat someone like Dave who is top five in the world is a fantastic result for me,” said Perry, who also received the Player of the Tournament Award. “It was a really good match and we both played really good table tennis. It means an awful lot to me to be National champion. I’ve been Scottish champion a few times and that means a lot to me but to say that I am British champion as well is a fantastic feeling.”

Bayley came through the men’s class 7 singles without dropping a set but was more delighted to win the Open doubles. He and Shilton beat Daybell and class 9 singles champion Ashley Facey Thompson in the semi-finals and then came from 2-0 against Wilson and McKibbin to take the match 11-7 in the fifth.

Will Bayley & Billy Shilton BPTT Nationals“It was one of the best wins I’ve had really because it was unexpected,” said Bayley. “We had a really difficult draw so I thought we were up against it and we did really well to win it. To come from 2-0 down against players as good as Ross and Aaron was an amazing win for us.”

“I lost my focus a bit at the start of the match,” admitted Shilton, “but we changed tactics a bit and played the perfect game in the last three sets. Will is such a top player and you’ve got to step up your game when you play with him so I’m really happy we won.”

Rob Davies BPTT NationalsParalympic champion Rob Davies retained his class 1-2 singles title but was pushed all the way by his GB team mate Tom Matthews in the decisive match in the round-robin event. Davies eventually took the match against his fellow Welshman 13-11 in the fifth.

“It’s nice to be British champion again and good to keep Tom down just for one more year,” said a relieved Davies. “It is always nice to win but it was more of a learning experience for me to see what I need to work on ready for the Slovenia Open next month. I’m reasonably pleased with the way I’m playing – I’ve got three weeks of training to go yet so I’ve got to keep improving now.”

Also among the winners were Kevin Plowman (Class 3), Adam Thompson (Class 11), Fliss Pickard (Ladies Open Standing), Lochlan O’Higgins (Junior Wheelchair and Wheelchair Open B), Jack Stockdale (Junior Standing), Euan McLaughlin (Standing Open B), Dylan Tynan (Standing Open C) and Harry Fairchild (Downs Syndrome Class). Junior Player of the Tournament went to Shae Thakker.

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.

 

GB players strike gold in RITTO Junior Open

Conor McAdam, Craig Allen and Shae Thakker all claimed gold today in the Junior Open in Romania and there were two further medals for the GB Pathway squad as Lawrence John took silver and Dan Bullen bronze.

McAdam won all three of his matches in the round robin men’s class 6 singles, securing the gold with an impressive 3-0 win in his final match against the German Thilo Sonnenschein. Thakker also came through the round robin men’s class 10 singles undefeated and his narrow 3-2 win against GB team mate Lawrence John (14-12 in the fifth) proved to be the decisive match as John went on to take the silver.

Allen lost his second match in the men’s class 9 singles to the German Laurenz Fehling 3-2 but with wins against Vladislav Balobanov from Russia and Elias Monden from Germany he took the gold on countback.

Bullen topped his group in the men’s class 2-5 singles with three wins from three before losing a very close semi-final to Sebastian Brandal from Norway 12-10 in the fifth.

Matthews and Shilton selected for Performance Squad

European medalists Tom Matthews and Billy Shilton have been named in the British Para Table Tennis Performance squad for 2017.

Tom Matthews Slovenia medalMatthews, 24, joined the British Pathway squad in 2013 and partnered Paralympic champion and fellow Welshman Rob Davies to win the men’s class 1 European team title in 2015, having also taken bronze in the singles event. After narrowly missing out on qualification for Rio 2016 he missed most of last year after breaking his leg in the spring but returned in December to take gold in the US Open, beating the Korean World number five and Rio bronze medalist KiWon Nam in the final.

Shilton, 18, also joined the Pathway squad in 2013 and made rapid progress to take bronze in the men’s class 7 singles and silver in the men’s class 7 teams at the European Championships in 2015. The Gloucestershire teenager missed out on Paralympic qualification after being reclassified as a class 8 athlete but went to Rio as part of ParalympicsGB’s Paralympic Inspiration Programme.

“Both Tom and Billy have been selected for the Performance Squad because of the potential they have shown over the last two years,” said BPTT Performance Director Gorazd Vecko.

“Tom just missed qualification for Rio and then lost eight months away from the table following an accident but before that he had beaten top 10 players in the world and was starting to beat top five players in the world. His performance in winning gold in Las Vegas in December showed that he will soon become a World top 10 athlete.  I believe that Tom will be a future medalist for GB in major championships and he is a great prospect for Tokyo 2020.

Billy Shilton Vejle 2015 3“Billy has been part of the programme now for the last four years and he has shown consistent improvement. He moved to Sheffield last year, which was the first big step for him towards joining the Performance squad, and now he has shown that he is a performance athlete and he understands what he needs to do to be a future medalist at the major competitions.  He also played really well in the US Open at the end of last year and it is looking strong for the programme that we can take players from the Pathway squad to the Performance squad and this is how it should work.”

The full BPTT Performance Squad for 2017 is:

Will Bayley MBE (class 7) – Tunbridge Wells/Sheffield
Paul Davies (class 1) – North Cornelly
Rob Davies MBE (class 1) – Brecon
Kim Daybell (class 10) – Leeds/Sheffield
Ashley Facey Thompson (class 9) – London
Sue Gilroy MBE (class 4) – Barnsley
Jack Hunter-Spivey (class 5) – Liverpool/Sheffield
Paul Karabardak (class 6) – Swansea
Tom Matthews (class 1) – Aberdare
Aaron McKibbin (class 8) – London/Sheffield
Megan Shackleton (class 4) – Todmorden
Billy Shilton (class 8) – Stonehouse/Sheffield
David Wetherill (class 6) – Torpoint
Ross Wilson (class 8) – Minster/Sheffield

Bayley wins SJA Award

will-bayley-sja-awardsWorld champion Will Bayley’s achievement in winning Paralympic gold in Rio has been recognised today by the Sports Journalists Association which presented him with the Bill McGowran Award for outstanding achievement in Paralympic sport by a man. The award for a woman went to Kadeena Cox who won Paralympic gold in athletics and cycling.

Bayley received the award at a glittering ceremony at the Tower of London and said: “This is such a big award for me personally but also for table tennis and it is amazing to get some recognition for the sport.”

The 28 year old was born with arthrogryphosis and also overcame childhood cancer. After taking silver in London 2012 he became World champion in 2014 and his table-topping celebration after winning gold in Rio became one of the most iconic images of the 2016 Paralympic Games.

British team hoping to end season on a high in Vegas

The British Para table tennis team is sending three of its most promising young players to compete in the 2016 PTT US Open in Las Vegas this week (December 14-16). European team gold medalist Tom Matthews and 18 year old European bronze medalist Billy Shilton will be joined by fellow Pathway squad member Martin Perry and the three will be hoping to finish a successful season for the team on a high note.

MATTHEWS ThomasMatthews will be competing for the first time since the Italian Open in February after breaking his leg in the spring.

“Training has been going very well since returning from injury,” said the 24 year old Welshman. “I feel having the time off has matured me as a player mentally on and off the table. I feel I’m playing some of my best table tennis at the moment, getting good consistency and really enjoying being on the table. I’m looking forward to testing myself against the international players once again.”

Perry will be playing his first international competition for six months but has been preparing for the US Open by playing local league matches in Sheffield, where he is now based with the British Para table tennis squad.

Martin Perry France 2“Training has been good,” he said. “I feel that I’m playing quite well at the moment and this week will be a good opportunity to end the year on a high and try out some new things we’ve been working on that I hope are going to improve my game in the future.”

The ParalympicsGB table tennis team won two gold medals in Rio and Perry admits to being inspired by their achievements.

“Four years ago I watched these guys as strangers win medals in London,” he said, “and that made me realise I want to give this sport everything I’ve got. Now I’ve been training with the team for around two and a half years, and full time with them for a year, and these guys are friends and teammates – family almost – and to watch them win medals has been incredible. Training in the same environment and knowing I’m working towards the same goals in future has really spurred me on.”

Billy Shilton Vejle 2015 3Shilton just missed out on selection for the Paralympic Games but went to Rio as part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme.

“I was really honoured to be selected for the programme and going to Rio was an amazing experience,” he said. “It’s really motivated me to go on now and get to Tokyo. That’s always been my long-term aim, to qualify for a Paralympics, so hopefully I can do that.”

Will Bayley LEGO tribute

Paralympic and World champion Will Bayley could soon be immortalised in LEGO if creator Neil Marsden can generate enough support to convince LEGO to make his set.

will-bayley-legoNeil is a coach at Byng Hall Table Tennis Club in Tunbridge Wells, where Will started his career, and is also an amateur LEGO modeller in his spare time.

“I’ve created a set to celebrate Will’s gold medal in Rio,” said Neil, “and I’ve added it to the LEGO Ideas website. LEGO Ideas allows the general public to vote on each proposed LEGO idea and if an idea gets 10,000 votes then LEGO will consider turning the idea into a real LEGO set that you can buy in the shops. However, first it needs 10,000 votes which is quite a challenge! “

You can register your support for the Will Bayley LEGO set here: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/160531

Could be the perfect Christmas gift next year!

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.