PARA TABLE TENNIS: Billy Shilton claims bronze for Team GB in Romania

Billy Shilton in action (7164787)

Billy Shilton in action (7164787)

First published in Sport

CIRENCESTER League player Billy Shilton was one of the members of the GB Para Table Tennis team to win a medal at the Romania International Open in Cluj.

Fifteen-year-old Billy Shilton, from Stonehouse, joined Welshman Thomas Matthews in combining with Martin Barbierik from Slovakia to take bronze in the men’s class 1-2 team event.

Shilton was disappointed with his performance in the singles but played really well in the team event, winning both his singles matches in the semi-final against a Polish/Japanese combination of Michal Deigsler and Masachika Inoue.

“I didn’t play my best in the singles,” he said, “but I played well in the team event and it has been really good experience playing against players with different styles.”

Shaun Marples, GB Pathway team coach, said: “It has been a good tournament and all the players have benefited from the experience of playing against some very tough international opposition.”

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