Megan hits gold as she takes her table chance

Megan hits gold as she takes her table chance

Megan hits gold as she takes her table chance

First published in Sport

Megan Shackleton from Todmorden has won the wheelchair table tennis gold medal and a bronze medal at the IWAS World Junior Games.

The 15-year-old Shackleton beat Daniel Bullen of GB in a closely fought singles final to win the gold medal.

The next day she teamed up with British number two Lucie Bouron to claim a bronze medal in the team event.

Champion Shackleton only made her international debut last year and is tipped for great success by great Hannah Cockroft MBE. Hannah herself won gold medals at the IWAS World Junior Games in 2011, and one year later became an athletics global star from her success at the London Paralympics. Shackleton overcame the set back of losing a match to her opponent from Hong Kong in the singles group stage, and showed great resilience to turn her form around. She said: “I think I have overcome a hurdle of controlling my nerves this week, normally I am really nervous but recently I have been able to control that better.”

“I wanted to play my best and I am very happy to win the gold medal and it means a lot to me”

On competing at the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, Stoke Mandeville Stadium for the first time, she added: “It’s great to see where everything started and my aspiration is to go to a Paralympic Games and win a gold medal, and it’s brilliant to see the birthplace of the whole movement”

The GB team was entered in the competition by WheelPower, the national organisation of wheelchair sport. All of the GB team progressed from the group stage to the quarter final.

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