Ashley Facey-Thompson

Ashley Facey-Thompson

Athlete Information

  • Region

    London (Stratford)

  • Date of Birth

    31/01/1995

  • Classification

    Men’s class 9 singles and men’s class 9-10 team

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Bio

Ashley was born with Erbs palsy, which has affected the nerves in the right side of his body, primarily in his arm and shoulder. A keen sports fan, he started playing table tennis in year 7 at Morpeth School in Bethnal Green, East London and immediately impressed coaches with his talent.

Having played against GB international Aaron McKibbin in tournaments around England he was called up by the GB Para Table Tennis Team to play a competition in Romania and joined the GB Performance squad in 2009. Although he just missed out on the team for London 2012 he was selected for the Paralympic Inspiration Programme and competed in his first Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

The following year he moved to Sheffield to train full time with the GB squad and won his first major championship medal at the European Championships in 2017, taking silver in the men’s class 10 team event with Kim Daybell. He reached the quarter-finals in the men’s class 9 singles at the World Championships in 2018 and the Europeans in 2019; having lost in the semi-finals at the World Qualification Tournament in June he was awarded a wild card to compete in Tokyo. Ashley competed in the Singles and Team events at Tokyo 2020 being beaten by Ukraine and China in decisive matches.

Career Highlights

2019: China Open – silver, men’s singles (class 9)

European Championships, Sweden – bronze, men’s teams (class 10); QF, men’s singles (class 9)

Japan Open – silver, men’s singles (class 9); gold, men’s teams (class 9)

2018: World Championships, Slovenia – QF, men’s singles (class 9)

Slovakia Open – silver, men’s singles (class 9)

2017: European Championships, Lasko, Slovenia – silver, men’s teams (class 10); QF, men’s singles (class 9)

Slovenia Open – silver, men’s singles (class 9)

2015: European Championships, Vejle, Denmark - QF men’s singles (class 9); QF men’s teams (class 10)

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