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Preview: All you need to know about the European Para Table Tennis Championships

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on 27-09-2017 10:04

A 16-strong Great Britain team will head to Slovenia to compete in this week's European Championships - where almost 300 of Europe’s best para table tennis players from 31 countries will descend on the iconic Tri lilije sports venue.

The event will take place in the Slovenian city of Lasko, one of two locations selected for next year’s World Para Table Tennis Championships.

Perhaps most determined to finish on top of the podium from a British perspective is Will Bayley, who has unfinished business on the European stage.

The 29-year-old Paralympic and world champion will be seeking to end a six-year wait to clinch gold, having last triumphed at the 2011 edition in Split, Croatia. If he succeeds, he will hold all three major titles at the same time.

Elsewhere, Rio 2016 Paralympic champion Rob Davies will be looking to seal his third consecutive European singles title.

 

The history

For the second time in its history, Slovenia will host the 2017 European Para Table Tennis Championships, having first held the tournament ten years ago.

All athletes compete according to an 11-scale classification. Classes 1-5 are for athletes who compete in wheelchairs while classes 6-10 are for competitors who can play standing. Players with an intellectual disability compete in class 11.

 

The schedule

Singles matches will be held between September 28-30, followed by the team fixtures, which will be played between October 1-4. 

 

The squad

Will Bayley (class 7)
World ranking: 2

Paul Davies (class 1)
World ranking: 10

Rob Davies (class 1)
World ranking: 4

Kim Daybell (class 10)
World ranking: 10

Ashley Facey Thompson (class 9)
World ranking: 18

Sue Gilroy (class 4)
World ranking: 6

Jack Hunter-Spivey (class 5)
World ranking: 7

Paul Karabardak (class 6)
World ranking: 10

Tom Matthews (class 1)
World ranking: 12

Aaron McKibbin (class 8)
World ranking: 12

Martin Perry (class 6)
World ranking: 20

Felicity Pickard (class 6)
World ranking: 12

Megan Shackleton (class 4)
World ranking: 13

Billy Shilton (class 8)
World ranking: 17

David Wetherill (class 6)
World ranking: 5

Ross Wilson (class 8)
World ranking: 4

 

How to follow

All games will be streamed live on the Sports Federation for the Disabled of Slovenia YouTube channel.

There will also be live coverage on the ParalympicsGB Twitter account and a daily wrap of the action on the website.

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