Ashley Facey Thompson: Rio Paralympics improved my game

PUBLISHED: 17:30 22 February 2017

Ashley Facey Thompson in table tennis action (pic: Morten Olsen).

Ashley Facey Thompson in table tennis action (pic: Morten Olsen).

Stratford’s table tennis star flys out to Italy next week before returning to play in the English National Championships

Stratford table tennis star Ashley Facey Thompson heads to Italy next week for the Italian Open in Lignano, which starts on March 1 and ends on March 3 and will then fly back to compete in the English National Championships in Nottingham on March 4.

The 22 year old is currently combining his table tennis with his final year studying sports coaching and analysis at London’s South Bank University.

Facey Thompson admits that the experience he gained in his first Paralympic Games in Rio last year has helped to make him a better player.

“I wish every competition could be like Rio,” he said, “But it makes you look forward to the next four years.

“Rio has also made me feel calmer about international competitions as I’ve seen how big and important a Paralympic Games is.

“I feel that I have improved since Rio and I recently beat my GB team mate Kim Daybell in a BUCS tournament for the first time.

“It is always a pleasure to play in the Nationals and I’m looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd.”

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