Local table tennis champ Ross Wilson wins World title
“Becoming World champion has been a dream of mine since I was seven years old and I still can’t believe that I have done it.” Ross Wilson.
Last weekend Ross Wilson from Minster took gold medal by claiming the title of World Para Table Tennis in Celje, Slovenia. Ross was competing against double Paralympic champion Zhao Shuai, beating him in the men’s class 8.
Ross started his journey playing table tennis whilst on holiday, learning and perfecting the skill over time ranked him in the top 10 in able bodied table tennis and thus went onto win two National doubles titles. After competing and finally succeeding he became aware that a physical problem was affecting his play and limiting how he was developing. In 2011 after his cousin was diagnosed, it was determined that he too had multiple development dysplasia, this affects cartilage and bone development, mainly to the end of the bones of the arms and legs.
Before being diagnosed he wasn’t getting far with the able bodied team as they knew there was something wrong with him but as they didn’t know what it was he couldn’t get into the para team either. Once he was diagnosed and classified, he could qualify for the para team and started training in Hungary.
In 2011, Ross rapidly progressed his skills and won himself a silver medal in the class 8 singles in the European Championships. Then in 2012 at the London Paralympics, he was the youngest member of the GB table tennis team just missing out and achieving fourth place in the singles but then going onto winning bronze overall with the team.
“London was everything I could have wished for, I expected to enjoy it but be quite nervous but I had no nerves and I was just enjoying representing my country.”
Ranking number two in the World at the end of 2012, Wilson unfortunately obtained a shoulder injury and was out of action for two years. Even though this was such a massive set back, he had a positive outlook and looked forward to perfecting his game over this time by working on his fitness and speed. Then back in action in 2014, he competed in the men’s class 8 singles at the Cote d’Azur International winning yet another gold.
Then in Rio, Ross took bronze in the men’s 6-8 team event. A year later in 2017 he won gold in the men’s class 8 singles at the German open and then bronze in the single and team events at the European Championships.
Earlier in the year Wilson was chosen to represent Team England in the Commonwealth games in April where he took gold in the single men’s 8 class.
Now, just one week ago he won the World title beating the double Paralympic champion Zhao Shuai, from China.
Ross Wilson came to Laleham Gap last year to help inspire the children with his table tennis abilities and I’m sure they would love to have him back.
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