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Oliver wins gold at table tennis contest

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Talented Upton table tennis player Oliver Peace has won gold at a national competition.

Oliver, 21, triumphed at the 2014 Special Olympics GB National Table Tennis contest held in Crewe.

He was the only athlete to represent Yorkshire and Humberside at the championships, having qualified in an event in Wrexham in February.

More than 60 of the country’s finest special Olympics table tennis stars competed at the national event.

Oliver, who has autism and dyspraxia, said: “I tried my best. I played well and I am pleased to be a winner.”

Oliver was undefeated in all his matches and didn’t lose a single game throughout the whole competition.

Wendy Beech, event games director, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for Oliver, winning at his first major table tennis competition.”

Oliver trains with the Able2 Pontefract Special Olympics club, a charity set up to offer coaching and provide a year-round sports training and competition programme for people with learning disabilities.

For more information about Able2 Pontefract contact the group’s chairman, Steve Peace, on 07551648661.

 

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