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Paul Davies

Paul first played table tennis at school and rediscovered the sport at the age of 30 when he started playing again as part of his rehab following a road traffic accident that left him paralysed.

An invitation to a ‘Come and Try Day’ gave him the opportunity to try different sports and for three years he played wheelchair rugby until a shoulder injury led to him playing table tennis again at the spinal injuries club in Rookwood Hospital in Cardiff. Paul was selected to play for Wales in a tournament in Germany and a new career was born. Originally self-funded through Wales he has now been part of the GB system since 2008.

London 2012 was his Paralympics debut and he nearly raised the roof of the ExCel building with a dramatic win to clinch the individual bronze medal in his class.

Paul enjoyed another successful season in 2013 culminating in the European Championships in Italy where he took the silver in the men’s class 1 singles - losing to great friend and teammate Rob Davies in the final - and then combined with Rob to win gold in the team event.

Paul recovered from a broken leg during the winter to come back in 2014 and win individual medals in Slovenia and Slovakia and take gold in the team event with Rob in both tournaments. He missed the chance to add a World Championship medal to his collection in 2014 and defend his European team title in 2015 through injury.

At Rio 2016 Paul reached the quarter finals of both the men’s singles and the men’s team events.

Son Jonathan has also taken up table tennis and plays for Wales U21.

Major results

2012 Paralympic Games, London
Men’s singles (class 1)

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