University of Leeds student and Sports Scholar Kim Daybell has won bronze representing Great Britain in Italy.
Kim has already qualified to represent Great Britain at the Rio 2016 paralympic games in table tennis and winning bronze in the first competition of the year shows the huge potential he has.
The 23 yr old won the group round of the Lignano Master Open in Italy with 3 wins from 3, gaining an automatic place in the semi-finals. Here he faced Pavel Lukyanov, an experienced player from Russia. It was a tough game and Kim fought hard to bring the score level at 2-2 but the Russian took the final set and the match 3-2 leaving Kim to take the bronze medal.
Daybell has high hopes for his training and believes he still has more to give,
“I think this week has been an improvement from the Europeans, and I’ve got a lot I can take away and work on over the next six months before Rio. I don’t think I performed to the best of my ability but I’m definitely moving forwards. I’m hoping that I can take away what I’ve learnt here and continue to practice as I’ve been doing over the last six months or so.”
Kim has taken a break from his medical studies at the University of Leeds to concentrate on Rio 2016, training with the national able bodied team in Slovenia.