Paisley table tennis star Martin Perry has been named in the 12-strong squad from the British Para Table Tennis Team that will compete in the Lignano Master Open in Italy starting tomorrow, his the first international tournament of the 2018 season.

Perry enjoyed a successful season last year taking bronze in the World Team Championships and gold in the men’s class 6 team event at the European Championships with Paul Karabardak and David Wetherill.

“I feel that winter training has gone well,” said the 23 year old, who also won singles medals in Italy, Germany, Belgium and Spain last season. “I’m trying to improve a few technical aspects of my game in order to improve throughout the season and make the progress I’ve targeted. In Italy I really want to focus on playing my game and sticking to my style of play by being attacking and aggressive. I feel that I’m playing well enough to get to the later stages and once you’re in that position, anything can happen.

“After a successful season last year winning bronze at the World Team Championships and becoming European Team Champion as well as my own individual performances I feel extremely motivated for 2018 and the season ahead.

“Hopefully I will be granted a wild card to the individual World Championships and if that happens I’ll use that experience as a massive learning curve and look to take advantage of the situation in the build-up to Tokyo.”

The full British squad for the Lignano Master Open is:

Will Bayley – class 7, Kim Daybell – class 10 (Sheffield/Leeds), Ashley Facey Thompson – class 9 (Sheffield/London), Paul Karabardak – class 6 (Swansea), Tom Matthews – class 1 (Aberdare), Aaron McKibbin – class 8 (Sheffield/London), Martin Perry – class 6 (Sheffield/Paisley), Megan Shackleton – class 4 (Todmorden), Billy Shilton – class 8 (Sheffield/Stonehouse – Gloucester), Josh Stacey – class 9 (St Mellons), David Wetherill – class 6 (Torpoint), Ross Wilson – class 8 (Sheffield/Minster).