The first medal of the Games in Table Tennis was a Men's Team bronze. After a narrow defeat to Singapore in the semi-finals, the squad of Liam Pitchford, Paul Drinkhall, Tom Jarvis and Sam Walker dominated Nigeria to win 3-0 in the bronze medal match.
The para players joined the fray as the Singles competitions started, and it was Jack Hunter-Spivey who provided a golden glow by topping the podium in the Men's Class 3-5 Singles, defeating a Nigerian opponent.
Ross Wilson was next on the podium, also defeating a Nigerian opponent in a thrilling five-set match to take bronze in the Men's Class 8-10 Singles.
In the Doubles competition, Tom Jarvis and Charlotte Bardsley provided one of the big shocks of the competition, knocking out the second seeds from Singapore in the second round of the Mixed Doubles.
The pair made an incredible comeback and got the fans out of their seats when they came from 2-0 down to win 3-2.
Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall bagged gold, beating Indian opponents to become the first pair in Games history to defend their Men's Doubles title. Pitchford also became the first English player to reach a singles gold medal match at the Commonwealth Games and ended the tournament with silver. Paul Drinkhall was in the bronze medal match and narrowly missed out on a podium spot.
England's training buddies Kim Daybell and Ross Wilson fight for gold. Three match
points and Ross Wilson wins the gold medal in the men's singles para-class
against very good friend and fighting the odds.
Table Tennis has been in the Commonwealth Games as an optional sport since 2002, with singles and doubles events for both men and women. Wheelchair play has been also an optional event for elite athletes with a disability since the inclusion of para sports in 2002.
Matt’s role as Programme Manager at Table Tennis England involves the overall management of all the performance programmes within the pathway, with players as young as 9 years old, through to senior athletes competing at World class level.
Matt has worked for Table Tennis England since 2008, firstly as the North-East of England Regional Coach and from 2013 as National Coach with the youth and senior squads.
Before becoming a full-time coach, Matt was a voluntary coach at his local club, Ormesby Table Tennis Club in Middlesbrough where he had played since he was 15.