We’ve just received Simon Heaps’ 2021 update. This has been a difficult year for Wheelchair Table Tennis Competitor, Simon, with Covid causing disruption and cancellations at a time when he would have been practicing and competing to qualify for Team GB in the Commonwealth Para Games.
Read on for Simon’s report:
Covid has been awful for me as regards Tournaments are concerned but compared to those that have lost loved ones or suffered with employment I can at least count myself lucky. Simon Heaps
All Tournaments have been cancelled in 2021 apart from one in Czech Republic that I was due to go to, but at the last moment GB Para Table Tennis pulled the plug because they were not happy with the Covid protocols put in place by the host organiser, disappointing from my behalf but 100 % the correct decision.
Tournaments are now resuming, post Para Olympics, and I can confirm that I have been entered in the Spanish Para Open in Alicante from 22nd to 25th September. This will be followed by Tournaments in Egypt ( Red list currently !! ) Finland, Spain again and Jordan in October. Entries for these are not yet open but I am hoping to compete in all of them.
All of these events will be playing for Great Britain but on a self funding basis and you can imagine how much they will cost when you include entry fees, flights and accommodation.
Next week I am on a GB Para Training Camp for a week in Sheffield, and I will update everyone how I get on in Spain upon my return.
I cannot stress how important the Tournaments are for me. Simon Heaps
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We are proud to have been able to support Simon on his journey so far with a Bader Grant and it’s good news to learn from the Simon Heaps 2021 Update that he will at last be able to start training and competing again following the frustrating enforced hiatus. If Simon can get four competitions under his belt by October, he’ll know where he stands in the world rankings.
Simon is a totally self-funding athlete who, now 66, is bidding to become possibly the oldest person to win gold in Wheelchair Table Tennis in the Commonwealth Para Games. He is absolutely determined and has been finding various ways of raising funds to support his dream. Some of you may remember that he recently organised and completed a Table Tennis Marathon with the proceeds going towards his goal. You can find posts about this by following the link below. The cost of travelling and supporting himself to play in the different countries where the Tournaments are being held is very high, not to mention the equipment required to play at the top level.
You will find out more about Simon’s ambition from his GoFundMe Page (link below). Here you will also be able to donate if you’d like to support him on his quest to show that age need not be a barrier to achievement (let’s hear it for the over 60’s!).
- Simon Heaps GoFundMe Page: https://gofund.me/9fe390b7
- Simon Heaps Wheelchair Marathon (historical posts on DBF Website)