GB Team - Jane Campbell

jcampbellbioDate and place of birth: 18/08/1968, Barnsley

Home town: London
Lives: London
Family: Mum, Dad and Brother
TT Class: 3
Current world ranking: 10
TT Style:
International debut: 2002, Sicily




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Jane’s story:

A bronze medal in London 2012 crowned a successful Paralympic debut for Jane but her participation in the Games had already realised one of her long time ambitions. Wheelchair bound from the age of 15 after breaking her back in a car accident, she had begun to play table tennis socially in 2000 and shortly afterwards when asked to name her goals in life she identified competing in table tennis at a Paralympic Games as one of them.

“At that stage I hadn’t even competed internationally, let alone won a match,” says Jane, “but the course leader’s response was: ‘If you can conceive it, you can achieve it’. Those words changed my life and from that moment I’ve drawn on every bit of experience in my personal, professional and sporting life to achieve my goal.”

Having made her international debut in 2002 Jane was selected into the GB squad in 2005 and represented England in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006. “I read books on sports psychology and devised a plan, setting goals and steps to achieve them,” recalls Jane. “While natural aptitude or talent helps, success is determined primarily by the preparation we put in.”

Jane’s hard work and determination paid off and she won a team bronze at the European Championships in 2007 and 2009 and the World Championships in 2010. In 2011, with team partner and great friend Sara Head, she won the gold medal in the class 3 women’s team event at the European Championships. During the bronze medal match in London 2012 Jane drew on all her resilience to fight back with Sara from 2-0 down to win the bronze medal 3-2 in front of a cheering home crowd.

In 2013, Jane and Sara took gold in the team event at the Bayreuth Open in Germany and then put up another good performance in the women’s class 1-3 team event at the European Championships in Italy, taking the bronze medal. Jane began 2014 with two bronze medals in Slovenia and went to China for the World Championships with hopes of a medal in both individual and team events. Although she played well to reach the quarter-finals of the singles she and Sara could not produce their best form in the team competition and did not progress from the group stages.

Jane combines her table tennis career with her job as a research director for a market research company. “I was lucky that after my accident my parents encouraged me to be independent straightaway,” she says, “and that is how I’ve continued to live my life.”

Take 5 with Jane:

Sporting event you would most like a ticket for - Wimbledon final

Three famous people you would most like to have a drink with - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Michael Buble

Place in the world you would most like to visit - the Amazon

Any superstitions - if I win a match I follow the exact same routine for the next one, use the same toilet, listen to the same music etc

What’s on your ipod- club/dance music

and finally - Jane has a degree in Psychology from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

2015 Results:
European Championships, Vejle, Denmark - group stages, women’s singles (class 3); 4th women’s teams (class 1-3)
Bayreuth Open, Germany - QF, women’s singles (class 3); QF, women’s teams (class 3)
Slovenia Open - bronze, women’s singles (class 3); bronze, women’s teams (class 3)
Lignano Master Open, Italy - bronze, women’s singles (class 3); group stages, women’s teams (class 3)

2014 Results:
World Championships, Beijing, China - QFs, women’s singles (class 3); group stages, women’s teams (class 1-3)
Slovakia Open - bronze, women’s teams (class 1-3); group stages, women’s singles (class 3)
Slovenia Open - bronze, women’s singles (class 3); bronze, women’s teams (class 1-3)

Career Highlights:
2013: European Championships, Lignano, Italy - bronze, women’s teams (class 1-3)
2012: Paralympic Games, London - bronze, women’s teams (class 1-3)
2011: European Championships, Split, Croatia - gold, women’s teams (class 3)
2010: World Championships, Gwangju, Korea - bronze, women’s teams (class 1-3)
2009: European Championships, Genoa, Italy - bronze, women’s teams (class 3)
2007: European Championships, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia - bronze, women’s teams (class 2-3)

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