Glasgow Open 2014


It’s not too late to enter the first major disabled table tennis tournament to be held in Scotand on Saturday 31st May & Sunday 1st June 2014. As the closing date has been put back until 23rd May so if you haven’t already entered, GET YOUR ENTRIES IN NOW.

Email entries will be taken at this stage to Terry McLernon [email protected]

The event will kick off on Friday with a Four Nations International showing members of the British Team fresh from their triumphs in Slovenia & Slovakia. It will also include a strong Irish contingent who don’t often compete in the normal course of events, plus a host of top table tennis players from throughout Great Britain. Don’t miss what promises to be a major addition to the disabled table tennis scene.


The Annual General Meeting of BTTAD ( British Association for people with Disabilities) on March 30 2014 attracted only 3 members- Chairman , Secretary and Treasurer - with one apology. The meeting was declared inquorate by the Chairman as there were insufficient members present according to rule; he adjourned the meeting and asked the Secretary to arrange another date for the AGM

Notice is given that the adjourned AGM will be held on Saturday 5 July 2014 at Wood Green Academy , Wood Green Road, Wednesbury , WS10 9QU starting at 1pm. This will be at lunchtime in the DSE championships-so thanks to DSE for allowing BTTAD to hold its AGM during their event

The agenda previously circulated remains the same apart from the date / time / venue. All relevant papers have been circulated.

Mike Smith
Secretary BTTAD
[email protected] 0116 2858475


The funding increase for Para Table Tennis announced earlier this week by UK Sport has provided a significant boost for the GB Para Table Tennis Team, rewarding its recent success and also recognising the potential within the squad.

Brecon athlete Rob Davies, who became European champion and world number one in 2013, has moved from Podium Potential to the Podium programme and there is now funding available for a further two places on the Podium Potential programme, which will give two of the team’s most promising young players currently in the Pathway squad the opportunity to train and compete regularly with the Performance squad, and increase the number of players in the Performance squad from 12 to 14.


“Since London 2012 we have had some great results, including eight medals at last year’s European Championships,” said the GB Para Table Tennis Team’s Performance Director, Gorazd Vecko. “We have also identified and developed some very talented young players who are now starting to compete internationally and we are very grateful to UK Sport for showing that they have faith, not only in our current Performance squad players but also in our Pathway programme. While our main focus is Rio in 2016 the majority of the players currently in the Pathway and Development Squads are under the age of 16, providing the team with huge potential for the Paralympic Games in 2016, 2020 and beyond.”

The two players that will be selected to join the Podium Potential programme will be announced later this month.

Article by Francesca Bullock (Press Officer).

BTTAD 2014 Membership Renewal

BTTAD1024x200.jpg It’s that time again everyone – BTTAD Membership renewal. Membership will run from 1st January ’14 until 31st December ’14. A new  slightly amended Membership form can be downloaded below:

BTTAD 2014 Membership Form

You will see it asks if you are a member of any National Table Tennis Association (such as ETTA), and if so, your membership number. Also if you know your classification can you include it please as it will simplify organising tournaments.  Only fully paid-up BTTAD members can compete in the National Championships in March.

Payment can be made a number of ways:

1.       Electronically to RBS - Scunthorpe  Sortcode: 16-31-15  Account Number: 10122130. The reference should be your initial and surname.

2.       Paid into bank in person, if this is easier for you, details as above.

3.       Cheque made payable to BTTAD and sent to Jill Pegram at 69 Raglan Gardens, Watford, WD19 4LJ.

If you pay direct to bank, please email Jill Pegram ( [email protected]) with the date you paid in so she can keep membership records up to date. If sending cheque please print your name or names on the back.


GB Performance Squad players Paul Karabardak and Jack Hunter-Spivey will be looking to secure qualification for next year’s World Para Table Tennis Championships when they compete in the Mike Dempsey Memorial Championships taking place in San Diego, USA from December 5-7.

Karabardak, from Swansea, is currently world ranked 16 in men’s class 7 and took a bronze medal in the team event at this year’s European Championships with Will Bayley. The 28 year old Paralympian, who represented GB in both Beijing and London, is hoping to improve his ranking with a good performance this week and pick up another singles medal, having taken bronze in the men’s class 7 singles at the Hungarian Open earlier this year.

Widnes teenager Hunter-Spivey, has shown steady improvement throughout this season and after competing with credit in his first European Championships he achieved his best international result to date with a silver medal in the class 5 men’s singles in Belgium last month.

“I am hoping to have a good competition in San Diego and take a medal if I can,” said the 18 year old, who is currently ranked 21 in the world. “It will be a tough competition as everyone is fighting for qualification slots for the World championships but coming off the back of a good performance in Belgium hopefully I can take that momentum to the USA and do well. Since Belgium I have been really enjoying training and I’m feeling really good and happy with the level I am playing at the moment.”

Also competing in San Diego will be two players from the GB Pathway Squad - Billy Shilton, 15, from Stonehouse in Gloucestershire and Thomas Matthews, 20, from Aberdare.

“This is the last chance for our players to qualify for next year’s World Championships,” said GB Performance Director Gorazd Vecko, “and we are hoping that both Paul and Jack will finish this year with a high enough ranking to allow them to compete in China in 2014. Billy and Thomas will benefit from the experience of another international competition and are showing great potential for the future.”

Tim Heaps

It is with great sadness that BTTAD have to inform you that Tim Heaps passed away peacefully at home on 19th November. His sister Judy was with him at the end. We pass our condolences to all Tim’s family and friends.

Tim had been home just under two weeks with a full-time MacMillan Care Package and looked after by Judy.

Tim represented Great Britain at 1996 Atlanta Paralympics ,numerous international championships and won many national titles. He also won a Bronze Medal at the Europeans in class 10 individual. In recent years he had moved to SW Wales and coached table tennis at grass roots level and upwards.

Tim’s funeral will be held on Friday 13th December at 1.00pm at Parc Gwyn Crematorium, Narberth, Pembrokeshire SA67 8UD and afterwards at The Bush Inn, Robeston Wathen. Family flowers only please - donations may be made in memory of Tim to the Paul Sartori Foundation ( who provided wonderful care to Tim in the last days of his life at home. These would be very much appreciated. Dress whatever is most comfortable.

We know that Judy will be very happy to see as many of Tim’s old friends as possible.

We will all have our personal memories of Tim – his prowess as a great table tennis player and of course his desire for fun!


BTTAD National Championships 2014

The BTTAD Nationals (the Michael Hawkesworth Championships) 2014 will be held at Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham, Lincolnshire over the weekend 15/16 March 2014. More details to follow soon.


Paralympic silver medalist and defending European champion Will Bayley heads the list of 13 athletes who will be representing GB in the European Para Table Tennis Championships at Lignano in Italy from September 28-October 5.

Fellow London 2012 medalists Paul Davies, Aaron McKibbin, Sara Head and Jane Campbell are also included in a squad that combines youth with experience and a great deal of ambition.

Sheffield based Bayley, from Tunbridge Wells, faces tough competition in the men’s class 7 event as 11 of the players currently ranked in the top 12 are from Europe, including the Paralympic champion Jochen Wollmert from Germany who beat Bayley in the final in London. The 25 year old has been involved in a duel for the number one ranking this season with Maxym Nikolenko from the Ukraine and is currently ranked number two in the world. He has already won gold medals in Italy and Slovenia this year and is looking forward to defending his title.

“Training has been going really well the last few weeks,” said Bayley, “and I feel that I am playing the best I have all season. I always seem to be able to peak for the big tournaments so I’m hoping that I can carry that on, push on next week and really do well. It will be tough and there will be no easy matches but I know what I have to do to win so I just want to do it again.”

Sara Head, from Beddau, and London-based Jane Campbell will be defending their European title in the women’s class 3 team event. The Paralympic bronze medalists have become a hard pair to beat and will both be looking for success in the singles as well as a successful defence of their team gold.

“It would mean the world to successfully defend our title,” said Head. “I still remember the feeling when we won gold two years ago so to win it again would make me ecstatic. We put pressure on ourselves because we want to do better and better and improve all the time and hopefully we can use the experience from London against the other teams in the Europeans. Training has been fantastic - we had a great training camp in Slovenia in August and I’m feeling really prepared and looking forward to going now.”

Paul Davies, from North Cornelly, won a memorable bronze medal in London in the men’s class 1 singles and has a singles silver in the Slovakian Open and team gold in Slovenia and Slovakia to his credit this season. He will be joined in the class 1 events by fellow Welshman and former rugby player Rob Davies, a double silver medalist in the European Championships in 2011 who has moved up to number five in the world rankings after good wins against top three players this year.

“Preparation has been going really well,” said Paul Davies. “I’ve had a bit of a break due to a slight injury but I’ve been back training this week and I’m feeling good and ready and I can’t wait until next week. If I can capitalise on what I did in London in the Europeans that would be a really good achievement; I’d like to come away with a medal in the singles and I’ve got a strong chance of a medal in the team event with my playing partner Rob (Davies). It’s all to do but all to gain.”

Londoner Aaron McKibbin, also based in Sheffield, won a men’s class 6-8 team bronze in London with Bayley and Ross Wilson. He took a singles bronze in Germany in June following a team gold in Slovenia a month before and will be hoping to improve on his fourth place in the European Championships in 2011.

“We’ve been training really hard and have put a lot into our preparation,” said McKibbin, so we’re looking forward to getting out there and for the competition to start now. I’ve got more experience of major championships now and I’m going in to the Europeans with an open mind. I want to perform my best and I feel I’m in quite good shape. I’ll just take every match at a time, play my best and see where it takes me.”

David Wetherill (class 6), Paul Karabardak (class 7), medical student Kim Daybell (class 10) and former Commonwealth champion Sue Gilroy (class 4) were all part of the GB team in London 2012 and the European Championships squad is completed by three promising young players Jack Hunter-Spivey (class 5), Ashley Facey Thompson (class 9) and Felicity Pickard (class 6).

“We have had a good preparation for the European Championships,” said GB Performance Director, Gorazd Vecko. “Training has been going well and the athletes have been working very hard. It will be a tough competition as Europe has many of the top players in the world in all the classes we will be competing in and we have a young team but we will hope to use the experience of London 2012 and bring back some medals.”

The full squad is:

Will Bayley (Lives: Rotherham; Home town: Tunbridge Wells) - class 7

Jane Campbell (Lives: Clerkenwell, London) - class 3

Paul Davies (Lives: North Cornelly) - class 1

Rob Davies (Lives: Brecon) - class 1

Kim Daybell (Lives: Leeds; Home town: Sheffield) - class 10

Ashley Facey Thompson (Lives: Rotherham; home town: Stratford, London) - class 9

Sue Gilroy (Lives: Barnsley) - class 4

Sara Head (Lives: Beddau) - class 3

Jack Hunter-Spivey (Lives: Widnes) - class 5

Paul Karabardak (Lives: Swansea) - class 7

Aaron McKibbin (Lives: Rotherham; home town: Wandsworth, London) - class 8

Felicity Pickard (Lives: Burnley) - class 6

David Wetherill (Lives: Torpoint) - class 6

Media Enquiries:

For further information, please contact the GB Para Table Tennis Team press officer Francesca Bullock on 07768 515841 or email: [email protected]



The GB Para Table Tennis Team picked up a further four medals in the team events at the Czech Open in Ostrava today, including a silver for London 2012 bronze medalist Jane Campbell, partnered by Alena Kanova of Slovakia, in the women’s class 1-3 teams.

Two of the team’s promising young players Ashley Facey Thompson, partnered by Andreas Aulie from Norway, and Jack Hunter-Spivey, partnered by the Belgian Bart Brands, won bronze in the men’s class 9-10 and men’s class 5 teams respectively and David Wetherill combined with 19 year old GB Pathway squad player Martin Perry to win bronze in the men’s class 6-7 team event.

Campbell, from Clerkenwell in London, had a good win in the round-robin format team event against the in-form Marie-Christine Fillou of France, who had taken silver in the women’s class 3 singles. Campbell and partner Kanova were in with a chance of gold going into their final match against the Croatian pair of Andela Muzinic and Helena Dretar Karic but had to settle for silver after losing the match 3-1.

“I played reasonably well,” said Campbell, “but not quite good enough. I lost three of my singles matches in the fifth game so had my chances but couldn’t quite convert them into wins. This will definitely help my preparation for the European Championships - I’ve learnt a lot of things about some of my competitors and I know what I have to work on now.”

Eighteen year old Hunter-Spivey, from Widnes, added a team bronze to the bronze he had won in the singles and once again showed winning form against higher ranked players.

“The tournament has gone quite well,” said Hunter-Spivey, “and I’ve won some matches even though I haven’t played my best. I feel that I can compete now with players ranked above me and I’ve taken games off some of the best players so hopefully I can continue that at the Europeans.”

Wetherill also picked up his second bronze medal of the tournament and recorded a fine win against the Italian class 7 player Davide Scazzieri but the 23 year old class 6 player from Torpoint admitted that he was disappointed with the matches he lost.

“I’m pleased with the way I played,” said Wetherill, “but disappointed with the outcome of some of the matches. When it got tight at the end I wasn’t clinical enough but this has been great match practice before the Europeans so I can take a lot of positives from it. I would also like to congratulate my playing partner Martin Perry who won his first international medal in only his second international tournament.”

Londoner Facey Thompson, a class 9 player, recorded a win against Nixon Reyes from Costa Rica in the group stages and in the semi-final lost a very close match 11-9 in the fifth game to the class 10 Brazilian Carlos Carbinatti. He was also disappointed with his overall performance despite a bronze medal but is determined to learn from the experience.

“It wasn’t my best tournament but I have learnt a lot,” said the 18 year old from Stratford. “I didn’t play my best because I was too nervous and I can use this experience to help me prepare for matches so I can play more freely and not be afraid to lose.”

Head coach Greg Baker was satisfied that the tournament will prove a useful preparation for the four players going in to the European Championships later this month.

“It’s been great match practice for the players,” said Baker. “Jane has learnt some new things about her class 3 opponents, Jack is getting closer to the top players in class 5 and all the players can use the experience from this tournament to good effect in the European Championships.”

Media Enquiries:

For further information, please contact the GB Para Table Tennis Team press officer Francesca Bullock on 07768 515841 or email: [email protected]


The GB Para Table Tennis Team picked up two medals in the singles events at the Czech Open in Ostrava today, with Torpoint’s David Wetherill and 18 year old Jack Hunter-Spivey from Widnes taking bronze in the men’s class 6 and class 5 respectively.

Wetherill, 23, won all three of his group matches 3-0 to progress to the semi-finals and was disappointed to lose a very close match to the experienced Brian Nielsen of Denmark, a former Paralympic silver medalist, 3-2. The GB player fought back from 2-0 down to level the match at 2-2 but lost the fifth and deciding game 11-8.

Hunter-Spivey, one of the GB Performance Squad’s most promising young players, finished runner-up in his group and progressed to the quarter-finals where he beat the higher ranked German Selcuk Cetin 3-1. He went on to take a game off the Paralympic champion and world number 2 Tommy Urhaug from Norway in the semi-finals, eventually going down 3-1 after four closely fought games.

However, there was disappointment for Paralympic bronze medalist Jane Campbell. The London player started with a 3-0 win against Polina Mokhova of Russia and in her second match against the world number 3 Alena Kanova of Slovakia fought back from 2-0 down to 2-2 before losing the fifth and deciding game 12-10. In her final group match she let a 2-0 lead slip against Helena Dretar Karic of Croatia, the world number 13, losing the match 3-2, a defeat that meant she did not progress from her group.

Fellow Londoner Ashley Facey Thompson was also disappointed not to progress from the group stages. The talented 18 year old found the world number 6 Iurii Nozdrunov of Russia too good and then lost a tight match to David Pulpan of the Czech Republic 3-1.

“It has been a mixed tournament so far,” said GB Performance Director Gorazd Vecko, “with some good performances and a few disappointments as well. Jack Hunter-Spivey played really well against Cetin and had his chances against Urhaug while David Wetherill also played very well in his group matches and went down fighting against the very experienced Nielsen. Jane Campbell came very close to beating the world number 3 but should have beaten Dretar Karic and Ashley Facey Thompson was also very disappointed with his performance but will improve for the experience.”

All four GB players, plus development player Martin Perry from Paisley, are in action in the team events which conclude today. (Saturday, September 14).

Media Enquiries:

For further information, please contact the GB Para Table Tennis Team press officer Francesca Bullock on 07768 515841 or email: [email protected]