The British Para Table Tennis Team will compete in four events in the inaugural World Team Championships in Slovakia starting tomorrow.

For the first major championship since the Paralympic Games in Rio last September, the full squad is: Paul Davies and Tom Matthews (men’s class 1), Paul Karabardak, Martin Perry and David Wetherill (men’s class 6), Aaron McKibbin, Billy Shilton and Ross Wilson (men’s class 8), Sue Gilroy MBE and Megan Shackleton (women’s class 4).

The team won medals in men’s class 1, men’s class 8 and women’s class 4 in the Slovenia Open last week but had to withdraw from men’s class 6 following a knee injury to Wetherill in the singles event. Karabardak is due to return to competition after injuring his foot in the team event in Italy in March having won gold in the men’s class 6 singles.

BPTT Performance Director Gorazd Vecko said:

“The competition in Slovakia will be tough.

But we have a mix of youth and experience in our squad.

This is an important tournament but we are also looking to the future and for our younger players this will be valuable experience in preparation for the European Championships later this year.”