Information for Members of British Para Table Tennis

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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.

BPTT Logo Guidelines

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

BTTAD Ltd

National Lottery funded athletes and parkrun team up to inspire the nation to get active

On Saturday 19 August, The National Lottery, UK Sport and parkrun UK are inviting the nation to join Britain’s top athletes at #teamparkrun events across the UK.

To celebrate the public’s support of elite and community sport through playing The National Lottery, the nation’s sporting heroes will take to parkrun events across the UK to volunteer and inspire the nation to get active.

#teamparkrun will also be backed by Sport England, sportscotland, Sport Wales, Sport Northern Ireland, the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association, as well as a host of national governing bodies, and follows on from the success of I am Team GB last year, which inspired nearly 1 million people to take part in the nation’s biggest ever sports day. I Am Team GB celebrated the success of Britain’s athletes at the Rio 2016 Games and the role the nation played through the support they give elite athletes by playing The National Lottery.

On 19 August 2017, following the IPC and IAAF World Athletics Championships, hosted in the iconic London Stadium which was the epicentre of the London 2012 Games, National Lottery-funded athletes from across various Olympic and Paralympic sports will take to parks across the UK to act as volunteer Tail Walkers, who ensure that no one ever finishes last at a parkrun event.

National Lottery players have been backing Britain’s record-breaking Olympic and Paralympic athletes for 21 years this year, and to say ‘thank you’ to all these players, athletes will be taking up the role as Tail Walkers to get right behind the nation as they try parkrun for the very first time – either walking, jogging, running or volunteering themselves – with a view to starting their journey to a more healthy, active lifestyle.

Over 630 parkruns (5k) and junior parkruns (2k) take place every weekend across the UK, and are a free, sociable and highly accessible way for everyone to take their first steps towards a more active lifestyle, whether they choose to walk, jog, run or volunteer the first time they go along.

Dame Katherine Grainger, five time Olympic medallist and the newly appointed Chair of UK Sport, said: “The nation, and specially National Lottery players, have been backing us as athletes for 21 years now and none of us would be where we are today without their support.

“While sport and activity are integral to our lifestyles, we know that for some people taking up activity for the first time can be a scary prospect. parkrun offers a free, friendly and welcoming way to start, and our athletes will be there on August 19 to make any newcomers feel extra welcome.

“If you’ve been thinking about getting active, join #teamparkrun on August 19; you’ve been right behind us for so long and now your athletes will be right behind you!”

Nick Pearson, Chief Executive of parkrun, said: “One of the most common reasons that people register with parkrun but don’t go on to take part is because they don’t feel capable of running 5k. This initiative, which will see GB athletes supporting parkrunners, will reinforce the message that not only do we encourage walkers at parkrun, but that all of our events have volunteer Tail Walkers who provide support along the course.”

Arabella Gilchrist, Head of The National Lottery Brand, said: “#teamparkrun offers a brilliant way of celebrating the support the public gives British sport by playing The National Lottery.

“No one does more to contribute to elite athletes or community sports projects than our players. #teamparkrun will thank our players by connecting our Lottery-funded athletes with their local parkrun to inspire everyone, no matter what their level of fitness, to get active. We hope to see plenty of first-time parkrunners, joining their sporting heroes at their local event.”

Young British squad for Spanish Open

The British Para Table Tennis Team is taking a squad of 10 Pathway and Development players to the 2017 PTT Spanish Open Ciutat del Prat and Junior (U23) Tournament taking place in El Prat de Llobregat from June 7-11.

The full squad is:

Factor 20 Tournament:
Marc Bonnar – Class 1 (Ingleby, Middlesborough)
Lucie Bouron – Class 3 (Bracknell)
Lee Wilkinson – Class 7 (Evesham)

Factor 20 and Junior Tournaments:
Alex Bland – Class 7 (Rotherham)
Daniel Bullen – Class 5 (St Neots)
Craig Allen – Class 9 (Bromsgrove)
Conor McAdam – Class 6 (Dundonald)
Declan Tobin – Class 8 (Airdie)
Elliot Medland – Class 10 (Clydebank)

Junior Tournament:
Euan McLaughlin – Class 8 (Glasgow)

Draw made for World Team Championships

The draw has been made for the inaugural World Team Championships taking place in Slovakia from May 17-20.

World Team Champs logoThe British Para Table Tennis Team is competing in four events – men’s class 1, men’s class 6, men’s class 8 and women’s class 4-5.

Men’s class 1 and women’s class 4-5 are both round-robin events with five teams in each. Paul Davies and Tom Matthews begin at 16:00 tomorrow with a match against the hosts Slovakia while Sue Gilroy and Megan Shackleton also take on Slovakia at 14:15.

In men’s class 6, Paul Karabardak, Martin Perry and David Wetherill have been drawn in a group with European champions Denmark, Chile and Slovakia and play their first match at 14:15 tomorrow against the host nation.

In men’s class 8, Aaron McKibbin, Billy Shilton and Ross Wilson are in a group with Paralympic silver medallists Sweden, Chinese Taipei and Australia. They start with a match against Australia at 09:00 tomorrow.

All times are local – one hour ahead of the UK.

For full details of the draw go to:
http://www.so-tabletennis.com/images/data_Team_16_5_2017.pdf

Great start to team competition for British team in Slovenia

With the singles event complete the team competition at the PTT Slovenia Open got underway this afternoon and Britain made a good start in men’s class 8 with a win for GBR2 over a combined team from Argentina and Canada. Will Bayley and Billy Shilton won the doubles 3-0 and Shilton then completed a 2-0 win with a 3-0 win in the singles against Curtis Caron from Canada. In their second match against Belgium Bayley and Shilton came back from 2-0 down to win the doubles 12-10 in the fifth and 18 year old Shilton then played a superb match against Marc Ledoux to beat the World number ten 11-8 in the fifth and give his team a 2-0 win.

GBR1 also made a winning start in men’s class 8 against Australia. Aaron McKibbin and Ross Wilson combined to win the doubles and Wilson then defeated Nathan Pellissier 3-0 in the first singles match for a 2-0 win. In their second match they faced Netherlands1 and after a 3-1 win in the doubles Wilson came through a great battle against the class 7 European champion Jean-paul Montanus 11-8 in the fifth to secure a 2-0 win.

In men’s class 5 Jack Hunter-Spivey and team partner Tommy Urhaug began with 2-0 win against Argentina. Hunter-Spivey and Urhaug won the doubles and Hunter-Spivey defeated Elias Romero 3-0 in the first singles.

Fliss Pickard and her fellow class 6 Polish team partner Katarzyna Marszal began their women’s class 6-7 team campaign against a combined team of class 7 players from Turkey, The Netherlands and Canada. Pickard and Marszal lost the doubles to Kubra Korkut from Turkey and Kelly Van Zon of The Netherlands and when Marszal beat the Canadian Stephanie Chan 3-2 to level at 1-1 Pickard had to take on Van Zon in the deciding singles. She played really well and pushed the class 7 World, Paralympic and European champion all the way despite a 3-1 loss.

Perry proud to be part of Performance Squad

Paisley table tennis star Martin Perry is heading to Slovenia next week with the British team to compete in his first international tournament since his promotion to the British Para Table Tennis Team Performance Squad.

Martin PerryThe 22 year old, who won the class 6 title at the BPTT National Championships earlier this month, was introduced to table tennis in 2011 by Terry McLernon MBE at Drumchapel TT Club and joined the British Pathway Squad in 2013. He has made great progress since moving to Sheffield 18 months ago to train full time with the British team, winning the US Open in December last year and taking bronze in the Italian Open last month – his first singles medal in a factor 40 tournament.

“It was a great feeling to get to the semi-finals in Italy and I had good wins along the way,” he said. “I’m looking forward to Slovenia because I love the tournament and I’ve got the opportunity again to beat players who are ranked above me and I want to prove to myself more than anyone else that I am a top player and can maintain a high level of form.

“It is great to say that you are part of the Performance Squad but I don’t think it feels any different because I have been training with the squad for the past 18 months now so it is more of an official title than anything else. I feel that I have been working as hard as I should be every day and working in the right way to improve and that has shown in my results and my world ranking.

martin-perry-france-3“Training in Sheffield over the last 18 months is one of the key factors that has helped me improve so quickly. I’ve always trained hard and I think that is one of my key qualities as a player but training hard and winning matches is different so the experience of the players and the coaches in Sheffield has helped me to learn how to grind out matches when you are maybe not feeling your best, which we all have to do. My game technically has improved in leaps and bounds since training here and that is to be expected because training day in and day out with World, Paralympic and European champions I’d be ashamed of myself if I didn’t improve.”

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.