William Bayley MBE

William Bayley MBE

Paralympic Gold Medalist & Double World Table Tennis Champion

At the age of 12, William Bayley joined the Byng Hall Table Tennis Club in Tunbridge Wells. He went on to represent Kent’s able bodied men’s team. From the age of 17 he has lived and trained full-time at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

William Bayley Paralympics 2008 & 2012

William Bayley represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China. He was knocked out of the table tennis C7 singles in the preliminary round after defeats against Germany’s Jochen Wollmert and Ukraine’s Mykhaylo Popov. Having a single victory against Shumel Shur of Israel. He also competed in the C6-8 team event along with Paul Karabardak and David Wetherill. They were eliminated at the quarterfinal stage. In 2009, Will won gold medals at the Czech and German opens. In 2010 he took golds in Lignano and Brazil.

Bayley won a gold medal in the singles at the 2011 European Championships in Split, Croatia. He also won a silver medal in the men’s Team event class 7, playing alongside Karabardak. At the end of 2011 he was voted the European Players’ Player of the Year and in January 2012 he achieved the world number one ranking.

Bayley won a silver medal in the London 2012 Summer Paralympics after losing to Germany’s Jochen Wollmert in the class 7 final.

William Bayley Paralympics 2016 & 2020

At the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympics. Bayley won his first Paralympic gold medal after beating home-favourite Brazilian Israel Pereira Stroh. He received a yellow card for jumping up onto the table in celebration. Bayley again won silver at the delayed Tokyo 2020 games. His third successive Paralympic medal. He went on to win silver in the team event, where he had a rematch in the final against Yan Shuo, who he lost his Olympic title to a week earlier.

Most recently in November 2022, Will Bayley Won the World Championship for a second time!

Will was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to table tennis.

Keynote Speaking

Will Bayley’s main speech includes the following headlines:

  1. Motivation – How to gleam motivation when facing life’s barriers.
  2. Inclusion – Being one of Britain’s most successful and popular Paralympians will can discuss how to create and aid inclusion
  3. PE teaching / coaching – Will can attend site and offer coaching and training to participants and pass on his expert knowledge of training, fitness and of course……Table Tennis!
  4. Diversity – This can be delivered to show how positive diversity can be within society and how diversity aided Will in all his success stories
  5. Bullying – Will can empathise with those suffering as he experienced this in his youth and how he used it for fuel to be the best at what he does

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