Brief but important update from Simon Heaps!
Wheelchair Table Tennis player, Simon, has just got another step closer to achieving his aim of representing his country at the Commonwealth Para Games in Birmingham next summer and returning with a medal. Preferably Gold! As it seems that Simon is the oldest player on the World Ranking list, he is also aiming to strike a blow for the oldies at the same time!
As you’ll see from this brief but important update, Simon is a totally self-funded athlete intent on competing for his country. He is a hugely dedicated, hard-working and very talented player who is determined to reach his goal. The expenses involved in competing internationally to get the required points to qualify to play at the Commonwealth Para Games are huge as you can imagine and Simon is worried about his depleting funds. He works hard to fundraise himself and has a fundraising page which you can access through the link beneath this post if you’d like to support him in his quest. What he is ideally looking for is a sponsor with an interest in the sport and who would like to play a part in helping a very talented disabled athlete to compete at the highest level. Please read Simon’s post for more information and, if you or someone you know would like to help, you can contact Simon using the details below. He has today just travelled to Cologne to compete, before flying on to Paris. You can be absolutely sure that he will give this his very best shot…
Dream it, Believe it, Achieve it. Simon Heaps, Para Athlete
Yesterday November 1st the latest World Para Ranking list was published and I am in at No 38. I am pretty certain that I will be the oldest player on the World Ranking list, just goes to show that age is just a number. My initial target was to get in top 50 but this was great news for me. It was also very important that I am now the 2nd highest GB and England player on the list and currently on course for my dream to make it to the Commonwealth Para Games in Birmingham next summer.
I will not be resting on my laurels and the hard work has to continue if I am to realise my ambitions. Ultimately the results on the table will dictate my selection and I am totally aware of this.
I am off to Cologne on Friday to compete in the German Bundesliga in 4 sets of matches and then fly out to Paris on Monday for the French Para Open and the possibility of more world ranking points.
I am representing Great Britain on a self funding basis and still have to pay for everything from my fundraising and donations. I am also entered into the Costa Rica Para Open in December and this event will be expensive but I have to chase the points to achieve my goals.
My funds are getting depleted at a rapid rate and I am looking for assistance from all angles so if you know of anybody that is looking to support, and has access to funding, a 66 yr old Disabled Para Athlete then please put them in touch with me.
2022 will be a busy year and I am looking to intensify my training both on and off the table and financial support is critical.
My motto still remains: Dream it, Believe it, Achieve it
Regards in Disabled Sport
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