When London won the Olympic and Paralympic bid in 2005, 10 year old Jack was playing table tennis in a youth club in Widnes and decided that he wanted to play in the Paralympic Games in London. He was invited to his first GB Development camp at the age of 11 and has now been part of the Performance squad for three years. Although he just missed out on selection for London, he experienced the atmosphere of the Games through the BPA’s Paralympic Inspiration Programme and now has his sights firmly set on Rio in 2016.
Jack is the only player ever to win the Junior, Senior and Open British titles in the same year and competes in non-disabled table tennis at county level as well as competing with the GB Para team. A win against the world number four in the Lignano Master Open in Italy in March 2013 was the start of a successful season for Jack in which he won nine medals, reached his first singles final and represented GB in the European Championships in Italy, performing with great credit on his major championship debut.
In 2014 Jack continued to progress and a number of good results, including a silver medal in the Slovakia Open, took him to a career high world ranking of nine and earned him a trip to China for the World Championships in September. He acquitted himself well, progressing from his group and playing well against the experienced Korean Kiyoung Kim in the last 16 despite losing 3-1.
Jack began 2015 with bronze in Italy and then took team gold in Slovakia with Norwegian Paralympic champion Tommy Urhaug followed by silver in the men’s class 4-5 singles in Korea. In the European Championships he reached the quarter-finals of men’s class 5 singles but was disappointed to lose 3-0 to the World number six from Serbia Mitar Palikuca.
Jack went to Beijing in November for the China Open needing some good results to keep his dream of competing in Rio alive and he responded by taking silver in the singles - a performance that secured his qualification for the 2016 Paralympic Games.
Liverpool fan Jack has inspired his younger sister to start playing table tennis, while his older brother designs computer games.
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