Kim Daybell Selected for Rio 2016

Kim Daybell, University of Leeds student and Sports Scholar has been selected to represent Paralympics GB in Table Tennis at the Rio2016 Games. 

Kim will compete alongside 11 others as part of the Great Britain team. Following a great start to the year where Kim won bronze in the Lignano Master Open in Italy and was crowned national champion he was thrilled to receive the news he had been selected.

It feels amazing. It is the culmination of 4 years of blood, sweat and tears and to be named as a GB paralympian for a second time is such an honor. It is the biggest stage in sport and I’m over the moon to be part of the squad heading out to Brazil.

My aim for Rio is to be the best athlete I can be and do my country proud. Of course I will be aiming to win a medal and I believe if I perform on the day I will able to achieve it. The level in the world is so high but we have had great preparation and I will be quietly confident going into the games.

Rio 2016 will be Kim’s second Paralympic games having previously competed in London 2012 and the University will be supporting him all the way.

Kim is currently taking a break from studying Medicine at Leeds to train with the national able bodied team in Slovenia. This has been made possible through the support Kim received from the University and through his Sport Scholarship which is funded by the Leeds Alumni department and specifically by Alumni Dr. Steve Ledger.

Tweet fro Kim Daybell about how supportive the university and leeds sport have been

To hear more from Kim tune into BBC Radio Leeds this Friday around 8.15am.