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. Jane began 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.
Having made her international debut in 2002 Jane was selected into the GB Para squad in 2005 and represented England in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006.
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 began the 2015 with bronze medals in the singles in Italy and Slovenia but had a disappointing European Championships, failing to progress from her group in the singles and losing out on a medal in the team event with Sara on countback.
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