Sheffield’s Lord Mayor Coun Sylvia DUNKLEY has a ball!
30/07/2011 – Sheffield’s Lord Mayor had ‘a ball’ testing her table tennis skills against top para athlete Sue Gilroy MBE. Coun Sylvia DUNKLEY visited the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield (EISS) to meet Barnsley-born Commonweal
30/07/2011 – Sheffield’s Lord Mayor had ‘a ball’ testing her table tennis skills against top para athlete Sue Gilroy MBE. Coun Sylvia DUNKLEY visited the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield (EISS) to meet Barnsley-born Commonwealth gold medallist Sue ahead of the British Open Para Table Tennis Championships, which will be held in Sheffield in September.
After a chat about Sue’s hopes for the forthcoming competition, Coun DUNKLEY indulged in a quick game of table tennis – and confessed that she is a fan of the sport. Coun DUNKLEY said: “I am a table tennis fan myself so It was lovely to visit this wonderful sporting facility and meet Sue – she is a very talented lady and we are lucky that she is one of the players representing our country in the British Open Para Table Tennis Championships.”
Sue, a mum-of-two and full-time primary school teacher at Shawlands Primary School, Barnsley, is aiming for Gold at the London Paralympic games 2012 and is just one of a squad of Sheffield-based GB players who will compete in the British Opens.
The event will attract more than 400 elite disabled table tennis players, including many Paralympic 2012 hopefuls, from 39 countries across the world when it takes place at EISS on Sept 14 – 17.
The squad of GB players who regularly train at the Sheffield venue, including Sue and Sheffield-born star Kim DAYBELL, will be aiming high when they compete in the Opens after a string of recent medal successes. Will BAYLEY, who is ranked 2nd in the world and moved to the city to train full-time in pursuit of a Paralympic Gold, will also compete along with University of Sheffield student David WETHERILL.
Sue said: “I’m really looking forward to playing at the British Opensin Sheffield. It is going to be great playing so close to home and in front of a home crowd. There are so many players from all over the world coming to take part including those ranked in the world’s top 15 so we should get some really good competitive matches. It’s going to be an excellent championships.”
Coun DUNKLEY added: “It is going to be a huge event attracting hundreds of people to the city from all over the world and I am delighted that Sheffield has been chosen to host it.”
(by Barry MEISEL, courtesy ETTA)
Photo Shaun Marples – ETTA, John Timms – MLS Contracts Ltd, Peter Taylor – BTTAD, Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Sylvia Dunkley and Sue Gilroy MBE (courtesy ETTA).