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European Table Tennis Union X European Paralympic Committee

How to build a high-performance Para table tennis programme: Learnings from Great Britain


Presented by: Karen Tonge OBE


Karen has recently stepped down as Chair of British Para Table Tennis after nearly nine years and has been involved in Para table tennis since 2008. Internationally, Tonge continued to be involved with both the European Table Tennis Union and International Table Tennis Union, specifically advising on Para table tennis. Also helping to take the British team from no medals at Beijing 2008 to seven at Tokyo 2020 – and multiple medals at European and World Championships - Tonge has a wealth of experience to share.


Topics covered:

- Culture change – moving from an amateur to a professional mindset

- Athlete recruitment – different ways to find players

- Integration – how British Para Table Tennis has included Para events within national able-bodied competition structures

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