Aaron McKibbin

Aaron played tennis from the age of four to 14 before taking up table tennis at school. He quickly showed potential and competed in the UK Schools championship. He had some reservations when his coach first suggested he try out for the GB Paralympic squad, but went on to make his international debut in 2009.

Aaron was part of the ParalympicsGB team in London and together with Will Bayley and Ross Wilson he brought home a bronze medal from the men’s class 6-8 team event.

In 2013 Aaron enjoyed a number of wins against higher ranked players and having won his group in the European Championships was unlucky to be drawn against the former world champion and London 2012 silver medalist Richard Csejtey from Slovakia in the last 16, losing in three close games.

In 2014 Aaron won team silver medals in Italy, Slovenia and Slovakia and achieved one of the best wins of his career in the Slovenia Open when he beat class 10 world number eight Pavel Lukyanov of Russia. He continued to progress and fought back on several occasions to beat higher ranked opponents including at the World Championships in China where he reached the last 16 of the men’s class 8 singles and played well in the men’s class 9-10 team event.

In 2015 Aaron struggled a little for consistency despite some good wins and medals in Italy, Slovakia and Germany. In the European Championships in Denmark he reached the last 16 of the singles and, reunited with Ross Wilson in the team event, took the bronze having defeated Paralympic champions Poland in the group stages. The following month he went to the China Open in Beijing knowing that his qualification for Rio was in the balance. He responded superbly to the pressure, beating the Chinese world number two Ye Chao Qun to take gold in the singles and secure his Paralympic qualification.

Major results

2012 Paralympic Games, London
Men’s team (class 6-8)
Bronze
2016 Lignano Master Open, Italy
Men’s team (class 8)
Bronze
2015 China Open
Men’s singles (class 8)
Gold
2015 European Championships, Vejle, Denmark
Men's team (class 8)
Bronze

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