Paul Karabardak

Paul was a keen footballer until he suffered a massive stroke at the age of ten and was subsequently introduced to table tennis at a local disabled youth club.

Within two years Paul was playing for the local Swansea League and progressed through the leagues before being selected to play for the GB Para Table Tennis Team at the age of 16 in the European Championships, winning a team bronze medal. He has since represented GB at World Championships and two Paralympic Games, in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Although Paul enjoyed being part of ParalympicsGB at London 2012 he admits to being disappointed that he did not progress beyond the group stages of the competition.

In 2013 Paul picked up medals in Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia and represented GB in the European Championships in Italy, taking a bronze in the men’s class 7 team event with Will Bayley.  He then went to the US Open in San Diego in December and produced his best table tennis of the year to take the gold medal in the men’s class 7 singles, beating former Paralympic champion Mitchell Seidenfeld of the USA in the final, and then combined with Beijing and London Paralympic champion Jochen Wollmert from Germany to win the men’s class 6-7 team event.

In 2014 Paul won team gold in Slovenia and silver in Italy and Slovakia and then achieved one of his ambitions when he combined with Will Bayley to win a bronze medal in the men’s 6-7 team event at the World Championships in China.

At the start of the 2015 season Paul was reclassified as a class 6 athlete and he took gold in the singles in Hungary and Slovenia and silver in Italy.  He reached the semi-finals of the European Championships in Denmark, losing a very close match to the reigning European and former World and Paralympic champion Peter Rosenmeier, who was supported by an enthusiastic home crowd.

Paul then combined with new team partner David Wetherill to take silver in the team event after losing in the final to Denmark.

Major results

2016 Lignano Master Open, Italy
Men’s singles (class 6)
Bronze
2016 Lignano Master Open, Italy
Men’s teams (class 6)
Silver
2015 European Championships, Vejle, Denmark
Men’s singles (class 6)
Bronze
2015 European Championships, Vejle, Denmark
Men’s teams (class 6)
Silver
2014 World Championships, Beijing, China
Men’s singles (class 6)
Bronze

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