Merseyside Disability Table Tennis Grand Prix

Megan Shackleton. Photo courtesy of BTTAD

Megan Shackleton. Photo courtesy of BTTAD

The Merseyside Disability Table Tennis Grand Prix will take place on the 6 / 7 December at Greenbank Sport Academy.

The event is a ranking tournament of British Table Tennis Association for People with Disabilities (BTTAD) – players must be a member of BTTAD to gain ranking points but the event is open to all.

Over 50 players have registered, from through Britain, including Cardiff, Newport, London and Southampton, to play in four competitions across the weekend; Doubles, Junior Singles, Open Singles and Class Singles.

These include Megan Shackleton, from Todmorden, who is the youngest member of the GB Performance Squad. Merseyside representatives include former Paralympian Mark Palmer, Tony Edge and Liverpool teenager Jack Hunter-Spivey, a class 5 player. The 19 year old has recently moved from Widnes to Sheffield to train full time with the GB squad and has made great progress this year to improve his world ranking from 17 to nine.

Tournament Organiser Mark Palmer said “It’s great to have a British ranking tournament organised by Greenbank Sports Academy. This is the 10th year we have organised the championships and it allows both elite players and grass roots players to play a range of people from throughout Britain”.

Play takes place each day from 9-5pm. Spectators are welcome. Volunteers are still needed to pick up balls for the wheelchair players.

Contact Mark Palmer on 0151 280 7757 if you can help.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014