PARA TABLE TENNIS: Billy Shilton wins first international team gold

10:10pm Sunday 11th May 2014

By SNJ Sport

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD schoolboy Billy Shilton has helped the Team GB Para Table Tennis team to a gold medal in the Men's Class 7 event at the Slovenia Open.

Shilton, from Stonehouse in Gloucestershire, topped the 2014 players' averages in Division One of the Cirencester Table Table Tennis League.

Shilton teamed up with the vastly more experienced Will Bayley and Paul Karabardak to win one of Team GB's three gold medals at the tournament.

Bayley, Karabardak and Shilton beat a combination of Belgium and the Netherlands in the final, having first come through a difficult semi final against Germany.

Shilton was winning his first international gold medal and is clearly benefiting from the experience.

“I’ve learnt a lot from being involved in these big matches with Will and Paul,” he said, “and it’s my first gold medal which is great. I just need to keep training hard and playing well.”

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