Ross Wilson

Ross Wilson

Athlete Information

  • Region

    Minster

  • Date of Birth

    04/06/1995

  • Classification

    Class 8 at Rio

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Bio

Ross first played table tennis while on holiday and clearly showed an immediate talent for the game as a watching member of staff, noting the Arsenal shirt he was wearing, christened him the Thierry Henry of table tennis.

Ross’s natural skill brought him success in non-disabled table tennis and as a junior he was ranked in the top ten in the country, winning two National doubles titles. However, as he got older it became clear that some physical problem was affecting his development although exhaustive medical tests failed to discover the cause. Finally, in 2011 he was diagnosed with multiple epiphyseal dysplasia, which affects the growing ends of the bones, after his cousin was diagnosed with the same condition by a geneticist.

Ross’s progress was rapid and his first international season culminated in a silver medal in the European Championships in 2011. At the age of 17 he was the youngest member of the GB table tennis team in London 2012 but belied his inexperience by finishing fourth in the singles, having led the Chinese world number one 2-0 in his semi-final, and then playing superbly to clinch the team bronze with Will Bayley and Aaron McKibbin.

Following the London Games Ross, who was ranked two in the world at the end of 2012, was side-lined with a shoulder injury but took the setback with a typically positive approach, showing a maturity beyond his years.

In 2014 Ross was finally able to return to competition and came back with a bang by taking gold in the men’s class 8 singles at the Cote d’Azur International in October.

Ross began 2015 with silver medals in Hungary and Italy but was then side-lined with injuries to his knee and elbow. Strained muscles in his back then hampered his preparations for the European Championships but despite this he performed well at his first major championship since London 2012, beating top ten players to reach the quarter-finals of the singles and taking bronze in the team event with Aaron McKibbin.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Ross recovered from the disappointment of two narrow losses in the singles event to take bronze in the men’s class 6-8 team event, combining with Aaron McKibbin to beat World champions China in the bronze medal match

In 2017 Ross took bronze in singles and team events at the European Championships, coming agonisingly close to beating the World number one Viktor Didukh in the semi-finals of the men’s class 8 singles in a narrow 3-2 loss.

Ross was selected to represent Team England in the Commonwealth Games in April 2018 and he took gold in the men’s class 6-10 singles, storming back after losing the first set to beat GB and England team mate Kim Daybell 3-1.

In October 2018, Ross achieved his dream of becoming World champion, beating the double Paralympic champion from China, Zhao Shuai, in the final of men’s class 8 to take the gold.

In 2019 Ross struggled to find his very best form and was disappointed to lose in the quarter-finals of the men’s class 8 singles to eventual runner-up Maksym Nikolenko from Ukraine but won team silver with Aaron McKibbin and Billy Shilton.

Major Results

2016 Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Men’s teams (class 6-8): Bronze

2012 Paralympic Games, London

  • Men’s teams (class 6-8): Bronze

2019 European Championships, Sweden

  • Men’s teams (class 8): Silver

2018 World Championships, Slovenia

  • Men’s singles (class 8): Gold

2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia

  • Men’s singles (class 6-10): Gold

2017 European Championships, Slovenia

  • Men’s singles (class 8): Bronze
  • Men’s teams (class 8): Bronze

2016 Lignano Master Open, Italy

  • Men’s teams (class 6-8): Bronze

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