Jack Hunter-Spivey

Jack Hunter-Spivey

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    Men’s class 5 singles

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Originally from Liverpool and brought up on a council estate in Anfield, Jack was born with cerebral palsy and was blind and deaf until he was nine months old.

When London won the Olympic and Paralympic bid in 2005, 10-year-old Jack was playing table tennis in a youth club in Widnes and decided that he wanted to play in the Paralympic Games in London.

Although he just missed out on selection for London, he experienced the atmosphere of the Games through the Paralympic Inspiration Programme and went on to achieve his dream of representing ParalympicsGB in Rio 2016. He won his first international singles gold in the US Open in 2017, beating World champion Valentin Baus in the semi-final and London 2012 Paralympic champion Tommy Urhaug in the final. Although still looking for his first major medal he has come close in the last three major championships, losing narrowly to reigning World champion Ali Ozturk in the quarter-finals at the European Championships in 2017 and 2019 and the World Championships in 2018.

Having missed out on automatic qualification for Tokyo by one point he secured his place by winning the men’s class 5 singles at the World Qualification Tournament in Slovenia in June. Jack achieved his first Paralympic medal at Tokyo 2020 a bronze in the Men’s Singles Class 5 beating the world number 2 and 3 seeds in the process.

Career highlights

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

  • Men’s singles (Class 5): Bronze

2019: China Open – silver, men’s singles (class 5)

European Championships, Sweden – QF, men’s singles (class 5)

Bangkok Open, Thailand – silver, men’s singles (class 5); gold, men’s teams (class 4-5)

2018: World Championships, Slovenia – QF, men’s singles (class 5)

2017: US Open – gold, men’s singles (class 5); silver, men’s teams (class 3-5)

European Championships, Lasko, Slovenia – QF, men’s singles (class 5)

2015: China Open - silver, men’s singles (class 5)

European Championships, Vejle, Denmark - QF men’s singles (class 5)

Slovakia Open - gold, men’s teams (class 5)

2014: World Championships, Beijing, China - last 16, men’s singles (class 5)

Slovakia Open - silver, men’s singles (class 5)

2013: US Open - gold, men’s teams (class 5)

2012: Slovenia Open - gold, men’s teams (class 5)

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