TABLE TENNIS:Billy Shilton adds bronze to international tally

10:19am Friday 20th June 2014

By Jane Leigh

TEENAGE table-tennis player Billy Shilton,15, from Stonehouse has added another medal to his growing collection of GB honours with a good result at the Romania International Open, writes Jane Leigh.

Playing alongside three other young members of the GB Para Table Tennis Team, the team returned home with four bronze medals from the Romania International Open in Cluj.

The Maidenhill pupil was disappointed with his performance in the singles but played well in the team event, winning both his singles matches in the semi-final against a Polish/Japanese combination of Michal Deigsler and Masachika Inoue.

“I didn’t play my best in the singles,” he said.

“I did well in the team event and it has been really good experience playing against players with different styles.”

Billy partnered Paisley’s Martin Perry, 20, and the pair took bronze in the men’s class 6-7 team event.

Martin commented: “In the team Billy and I really started to gel.

"We are really good friends and that helped us on the table.

"We had chances in the semi-final so we were unlucky not to get the result.”

Shaun Marples, GB Pathway Team Coach, added: “It has been a good tournament and all the players have benefited from the experience of playing against some very tough international opposition.”

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