Jack set to rep­re­sent Team GB

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Theguide -

HAL­TON ta­ble ten­nis star Jack Hunter-Spivey is in­cluded in a squad of 14 Bri­tish ath­letes, that will com­pete in the World Para Ta­ble Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships in Slove­nia from Oc­to­ber 17-20.

The 23-year-old class 5 ath­lete came ag­o­nis­ingly close to tak­ing a medal at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships last year, los­ing a five-set quar­ter­fi­nal to the even­tual cham­pion Ali Oz­turk. ●

He bounced back to win the US Open in De­cem­ber and has taken medals this year in Slo­vakia, Slove­nia and most re­cently in the Czech Open when he lost in the fi­nal to the Nor­we­gian for­mer World and Par­a­lympic cham­pion Tommy Urhaug.

“Prepa­ra­tion has been go­ing re­ally well,” said Hunter-Spivey, who first played the game as a 10-year-old school­boy at a youth club in Widnes.

“I got the sil­ver medal at the Czech Open last month and I feel that I played quite well.

“I just want to crack on now and play my best ta­ble ten­nis like I know I can.

“At the last World Cham­pi­onships I was very young and I’m more ex­pe­ri­enced now.

“I’ve got an­other four years un­der my belt play­ing in­ter­na­tion­als so I just want to go out there and show what I can do.

“It was tough to lose such a close match in the quar­ter fi­nals at the Euro­peans and be so close to tak­ing a medal was hard but since then I’ve beaten Baus (cur­rent World cham­pion Valentin Baus from Ger­many) and Tommy (Urhaug) in Ve­gas and I feel that I am now at the level where I can take medals at the ma­jor cham­pi­onships and go all the way.”

Jack Hunter-Spivey

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