European medallist Billy Shilton has been named in the British Para Table Tennis Performance squad for 2017.
Shilton, 18, joined the Pathway squad in 2013 and made rapid progress to take bronze in the men’s class 7 singles and silver in the men’s class 7 teams at the European Championships in 2015. The Gloucestershire teenager missed out on Paralympic qualification after being reclassified as a class 8 athlete but went to Rio as part of ParalympicsGB’s Paralympic Inspiration Programme.
BPTT Performance Director Gorazd Vecko said:
“Billy have been selected for the Performance Squad because of the potential they have shown over the last two years.
“Billy has been part of the programme now for the last four years and he has shown consistent improvement. He moved to Sheffield last year, which was the first big step for him towards joining the Performance squad, and now he has shown that he is a performance athlete and he understands what he needs to do to be a future medallist at the major competitions.
“He also played really well in the US Open at the end of last year and it is looking strong for the programme that we can take players from the Pathway squad to the Performance squad and this is how it should work.”
The full BPTT Performance Squad for 2017 is:
Will Bayley MBE (class 7)
Paul Davies (class 1)
Rob Davies MBE (class 1)
Kim Daybell (class 10)
Ashley Facey Thompson (class 9)
Sue Gilroy MBE (class 4)
Jack Hunter-Spivey (class 5)
Paul Karabardak (class 6)
Tom Matthews (class 1)
Aaron McKibbin (class 8)
Megan Shackleton (class 4)
Billy Shilton (class 8)
David Wetherill (class 6)
Ross Wilson (class 8)