We have just received Simon Heaps September Update. Wheelchair Table Tennis player, Simon, is still having his competition schedule decimated by Covid19.
With his usual determination and fighting spirit, Simon is continuing to practice and compete wherever and however he still can in preparation for the big tournaments and you can read about his progress in the following report.
Simon is a totally self-funding para athlete who aims not just to represent his country in Wheelchair Table Tennis but to be World Champion in the sport, not to mention possibly the oldest player ever to do so! As you can imagine, the costs of funding all aspects of competing at the highest level and including all equipment, travel, living and accommodation are also high. If you’d like to support Simon in his quest, please donate via his GoFundMe Page – the link can be found at the bottom of this post where you will also find a link to more information about this indomitable competitor.
Read on for Simon Heaps September Update – a lesson in sheer commitment.
Just a brief update since my last update on 17th August.
Covid has again ravished the International Para Table Tennis calendar and events that I should of attended in Spain and Finland have now been cancelled and the Egypt Para Open has been postponed until December. However I am currently entered into another Spanish Para Open and The Jordan Para Open in October and will also be going to the Italian Para Open and French Para Open in November. Entries have already opened for the October events and I am ever hopeful that they will finally be played. All of these are representing GB on a self funding basis, where I have to pay for my entries, Accommodation and Flights.
With Finland being cancelled it has given me the opportunity to make my debut for my German Bundesliga Club, Alstersport Hamburg, in Europes only wheelchair table tennis league. This will not provide me with any income unfortunately but will provide much needed International experience.
You have all supported me in many ways, and I will always be eternally grateful. Well this weekend I won my first Gold Medal, and a Bronze in the British Para Table Tennis Grand Prix in Sheffield, the first such event since lockdown in March 2020. On the way to the Gold I beat the GB No 2 player ranked 45 in the World, 3 – 0 and this was his first defeat against anybody ranked below him for some considerable time.
Attached is the presentation photo.
Regards to all