Pupils in­spired by Par­a­lympian ta­ble tennis cham­pion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Sport­ing pupils at The North School in Ash­ford were in­spired by a Par­a­lympic ath­lete at their an­nual awards evening.

Guest speaker Will Bay­ley MBE, was born with curved joints known as arthro­gry­po­sis, a de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tion that af­fects move­ment in all four limbs.

At the age of seven, he was di­ag­nosed with non-Hodgkin lym­phoma, lead­ing to numer­ous chemo­ther­apy ses­sions.

His grand­mother brought him a ta­ble tennis set in a bid to help with his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Will won a sil­ver medal in the sport at Lon­don 2012 and went on to achieve gold at Rio 2016.

He is ranked num­ber one in the world and was Euro­pean cham­pion in 2011, be­fore be­com­ing world cham­pion in 2014.

Mr Bay­ley em­pha­sised the value of sport, speak­ing about be­ing able to cope with set­backs and hav­ing the drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion to achieve any­thing as long as you do not give up.

Miss Kray, head of PE, high­lighted some of these key skills shown by the award-win­ning pupils.

Felic­ity Stro­ver won three awards on the evening and Rosan Gu­rung was recog­nised for his com­mit­ment to a num­ber of clubs and Ross Bamp­ton for his lead­er­ship skills.

Felic­ity Stro­ver won three awards; Sinead O’Neill and Oliver Heath, both with Will Bay­ley MBE

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