Kim Daybell aims for Rio 2016

Paralympian and University of Leeds table tennis athlete Kim Daybell, will find out if he has qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympics in the New Year.  

On January 1st Kim will find out if he qualifies for the Rio Paralympics 2016, to be selected he must be placed within the  top 15 in the world. Kim is currently ranked a brilliant 9th place and so is very hopeful he will qualify. Kim is currently studying Medicine at the University of Leeds and has taken a year off  to concentrate on achieving his aim of competing at Rio 2016. This has allowed him to  train in Slovenia with an able bodied team.

To get to this elite level Kim started playing when he was 9 years old; “I played in school and with my dad.” He also played badminton and tennis but he found his skills lay in table tennis. Kim  joined a local club and progressed quickly, moving up through the ranks in club level and then county followed by national level.

Kim was born with Poland’s syndrome – a rare condition characterised by underdevelopment or absence of the chest muscle on one side of the body – but as well as representing his country in Para table tennis he has also played at able bodied level, competing and winning in the student BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) leagues.

Kim has had a great year, winning a team medal in the European Championships.

One of Kim’s biggest achievements is that he competed in the London 2012 Paralympics representing team GB. ‘It was an amazing experience performing in front of a home crowd.’

For more information on Kim and the rest of our Sports Scholars visit the Sports Scholars page on our website. Interview conducted by George Smith.