Simon Heaps our Para Table Tennis Superstar

I’m so delighted to report that Simon Heaps our Para Table Tennis Superstar did incredibly well in the Jordan Para Open Championships, which took place in late April in Amman.

He was disappointed to lose out in the Final of the Singles to a strong Iraqi player ranked above him but still came away with a silver medal. A fantastic feat for the oldest player on the circuit who at 40 years his senior, gave the gold medallist – in his early 20’s – a tough challenge.

Bader Grant Recipient Simon confesses that he is

Pleased with the Silver Medal but really wanted that Gold! Simon Heaps – Wheelchair Table Tennis Silver Medallist

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Simon with his Silver Medal from the Men’s Singles

So, not content to rest on his laurels – this is a dedicated competitor we’re talking about! –  Simon went on to add to his medal tally winning Bronze Medals in the Men’s and Mixed Doubles.

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Simon Heaps our Para Table Tennis Superstar with his Silver and 2 Bronze Medals

This is the first time I have won 3 medals at an international Para event.

He gave heartfelt thanks to his Kuwait and Khazikstan partners.

It was lovely to hear that Simon felt sure that Sir Douglas was with him at the tournament and that his famous quote “an amputee who fights back is not disabled but inspired ” gave him courage. He added that there was a sign on the wall that epitomises the fighting spirit of Sir Douglas and hopefully of Simon himself!

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Never Give Up”

He writes:

If I can inspire others to “live their dream” then I have achieved a lot more than medals.

This is so true. Simon epitomises the indomitable attitude of Sir Douglas and we know that the great man would have been cheering him all the way and be so proud to have supported Simon, himself a relatively recent double amputee, on his way to achieving his goal. We have no doubt that that Gold Medal is going to be lowered over his head in the very near future. This other great man doesn’t know the meaning of  “too old” or “give up”. Simon Heaps Superstar is an inspiration to all.

Simon’s next stop will be Rome in July where he will look to become the World Para champion (over 40’s) in the World Masters. This is the largest tournament in history with 6100 players, both able bodied and Para.

I am current European Champion so it would be great to win Worlds also…

Go, Simon!

The event will take place in Rome at the Rome Exhibition Centre from July 6th – 14th. Please join us in wishing Simon Heaps, our Para Table Tennis Superstar, the best of luck and success and please check in after the 1th when we will be posting an update.

Dream it. Believe it. Achieve it. Simon Heaps Motto

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