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Shilton named in GB squad

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Stonehouse Paralympian Billy Shilton has been named in a 13-strong GB squad to compete in the 2022 World Para Table Tennis Championships taking place in Granada, Spain from November 6-12.

The 24-year-old won team bronze on his Paralympic debut in Tokyo last year and silver medals in Czech Republic and Greece this season have taken him to World number eight in men’s class 8.

“Tokyo was on such a big scale so it is not a new thing for me now going into the World Championships,” he said. “I’m trying not to think about it too much and just focus on my training and hopefully everything will take care of itself. I think on the whole it has been a good season for me and I’m just hoping I can take that into the World Championships now.”

Shilton will also compete in the men’s doubles class 14 with Paul Karabardak and the mixed doubles class 14 with Fliss Pickard. Both partnerships have got off to a winning start with Shilton taking gold in the Czech Republic with Karabardak and gold in Greece with Pickard.

“Singles and doubles are all really important to be honest,” he said. “Paul, Fliss and I have all got great chances to do well in singles and I’m looking forward to the doubles. Every chance we get we’re playing doubles so I’m feeling really confident and looking forward to playing with them both. I love playing table tennis in general and I think I enjoy the team spirit you have with the other player and the coach in the corner. I think that gets the best out of me so I’m really looking forward to it.”

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