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William Bayley MBE is a British professional Paralympic table tennis player, ranked world number 1.
Will Bayley was born on 17 January 1988 in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. He was born with arthrogryposis which affects all four of his limbs. Will became the Class 7 Paralympic champion in Rio 2016. He also played in Beijing in 2008 and famously won silver in London 2012.
Will is World Number 1, and World Champion. He is now in training to defend his Paralympic title in Tokyo 2021. In 2017 he was awarded an MBE for services to Table Tennis.
Get To Know Will Bayley
Type of impairment
Winning the Paralympic games in Rio 2016
My Mum, she has got the same disability as me
The “Will” is more important than the skill
Question you’re asked the most
What is your disability?
What you can’t live without
My table tennis bat
Things that annoy you
I’m not good at paperwork!
Hobbies outside training
I love to watch football, I support Arsenal
Favourite meal of the day (precise breakfast, lunch or dinner)
I love breakfast – on a treat day I have a full English which is my favourite.
Favourite breakfast cereals brand
Nestle of course!
How do you like to eat your cereals? Do you like to mix them with other ingredients?
Yes, my favourite combination is Cheerio’s with bananas and milk
Raspberries, strawberries and bananas
How many Cheerios can you stack?
I reckon about 10
Top tip for anyone starting out on fitness journey
Be consistent and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Try and be active every single day.
Ever been to Tokyo?
I went to Tokyo last year, I was lucky enough to compete in Japan and won the Gold medal in the Japan Open.
What are you looking forward to about Tokyo?
I can’t wait to go to Tokyo, it’s a dream to play in my 4th Paralympic games.
What keeps you motivated?
To try and win back to back gold medals, this has never been done in table tennis before in this country. That massively drives me on.
Where would you like to go on vacation after the games?
I’d like to go to the Bahamas. I’ve never been but it looks amazing and it would be a dream to go somewhere like that.
Anything else you’d like to share/mention?
Thanks for the support and let’s try and bring back that gold medal in Tokyo!
Will Bayleys Favourite Cereal
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How Will Bayley Stays Motivated...
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