Coronavirus permitting, Wheelchair Table Tennis Player, Simon Heaps, will be organising a 24-hour Table Tennis Marathon Fundraiser in April.
Bader Grant Recipient, Simon, has been an excellent table tennis player since his childhood. Now, less than a year since having his leg amputated he is not only determined to continue to play but to play at the highest level.
Table Tennis is a very energetic and demanding game as it is but having to manoeuvre a wheelchair at the same time must take it to a whole new level. Simon epitomises the Bader spirit and we are proud and delighted to support him in his quest to compete internationally.
Simon is hoping to raise funds through sponsorship and you will find a link to a Sponsorship Form beneath this post. If you’d prefer simply to donate to his fundraising page you will find a link to that there as well.
24 HOUR TABLE TENNIS MARATHON – SUPPORT THE WHEELCHAIR TABLE TENNIS DREAM
April 13th/14th – Grange School, Christchurch
The aim is to have continuous table tennis played on a maximum of 16 tables whereby singles or doubles will be played by the participants.
Players will be sponsored in 3 ways:
- By the hour played. An hour constitutes 55 mins of continuous play followed by a 5-minute rest period/toilet break
- A set amount for participating in the TT Marathon
- If you do not want to collect sponsorship money then you can make a donation by . Typing into your browser – Go Fund Me/ Fund the Simon Heaps Wheelchair TT Dream
Each player will have their sponsorship sheet signed with start and finish times and total amounts to be collected from sponsors.
Monies raised will go to: Simon Heaps Wheelchair Table Tennis Dream
Simon was a young table tennis star from an early age. European Cadet Champion and English Junior Champion in his teens and International honours for both the Senior and Junior teams was followed by becoming Senior Champion of Berkshire, Cheshire and Dorset. After a prolonged time out of the sport he returned to represent England again in the o/60’s class along with becoming a National Champion again in 2018. He has helped many local youngsters with his coaching and playing experience and is still a fully qualified coach. He was Bournemouth Coach of the Year recently.
Simon is now 64 and lost his right leg by means of amputation at the end of May 2019. From his Hospital bed he joined GB Para Table Tennis and has a dream to represent GB in the 2022 Para Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. He has already represented GB in an International event in Costa Rica last December where he was 40 years older than the next oldest team member!! He will be travelling to Thailand in April to compete in the IWAS World Games (International Wheelchair Amputee Sports Federation) and his target is to become the best Wheelchair Amputee table tennis player in the world.
He will be GB’s only representative from the 10 sports being played and over 2,500 athletes from 39 countries. He will literally be flying the flag for Great Britain. He will be travelling on his own, with his wheelchair and bat and no Coach or financial assistance. In his quest to become World Games Champion it will cost him over two thousand four hundred pounds!!
All of Simon’s events must be self-funded and along with International events entry fees, travel and accommodation he also has to pay for coaching and participating in UK tournaments. His kit and equipment also have to be purchased on a regular basis to participate at this level.
Fundraising is paramount to continue with his achievable dream.
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