Oliver strikes gold in Crewe

Olive Peace faced some tough opponents in Crewe.
Olive Peace faced some tough opponents in Crewe.

Oliver Peace from Upton won gold at the 2016 Special Olympics Great Britain national table tennis competition at the Sir William Stanier Leisure Centre, Crewe.

More than 80 of the country’s finest Special Olympics disabled table tennis stars from around the United Kingdom competed in the two-day event last Saturday and Sunday.

Oliver was one of only three athletes to represent Yorkshire and Humberside at the championship, having qualified at Wrexham back in February.

Oliver, aged 23, faced some tough opponents, who took gameplay to fifth set tiebreakers.

At one stage in the competition, Oliver was two sets and match point down but he displaying great spirit and character to come back from the brink of defeat to win through.

Oliver is a member of Able2 Pontefract Special Olympics, a charity sports club set up to offer year-round sports training and competition opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

Able2 Pontefract Special Olympics was formed in April 2009 and is affiliated to Special Olympics GB.

Athletes train and compete in swimming, boccia, new age kurling, table tennis, equestrian and athletics.

For further information about Able2 Pontefract, contact Steve Peace on 07551 648661 or visit www.soable2.org.uk