Golden day as children meet table tennis hero

Published on: 24 Feb 2017

PARALYMPICS gold medal winner Will Bayley proved inspirational when he visited Mangotsfield School to launch the new table tennis centre.

Will, who was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours following his success at the Rio Games, motivated students with an assembly that included a world record attempt.

This was followed by a masterclass for selected players and an extremely competitive house competition.

Wendy O’Donnell,  leader of the CSET Sports Partnership, which is based at Mangotsfield, said students had thoroughly enjoyed a memorable visit.

“Will is a true role model for our students,” she said.

In the afternoon, Will and the school’s table tennis coach Dan Ives held a coaching sessions and festival for children from ten local primary schools.

Adam Rider, deputy head at Emersons Green Primary School, said: “It was a brilliant experience for the kids.”

A parent commented:  “What an amazing event for our children, well run and a great experience to meet Will and hold the gold medal!”

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