Having been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Will started playing table tennis as a means to recovery aged 7, after being given a table as a present from his Grandmother. Few could have predicted the heights to which he would eventually reach, having made it to the pinnacle of his sport as Paralympic Class 7 World Number 1 at the start of 2012.
Growing up, Will had a stint in the Brit School for performing arts where he studied Theatre. However it was his major passion that eventually took over as he soon joined the British Paralympic Table Tennis squad in 2007. Only a year later, Will competed at the Beijing Paralympic Games. Since then, his playing career has remained very much in the fast lane with Gold medals at the Brazilian, Italian and French Open’s.
This has provided Will with an excellent base on which to build, coming into a big sporting year. ‘Will Bayley is one of the most focused and dedicated players I have ever worked with. I have no doubt he will achieve his goal of a gold medal in London 2012’ attests Kevin Satchell, former Table Tennis coach and player.
The London 2012 Paralympic Games will be the global stage for Will to demonstrate his all-world talent. With all focus now on winning the coveted Gold Medal on ‘home soil’, it’s safe to assume that we should all watch out for Will Bayley in 2012!