With a tally of six golds, four silvers and a bronze nationally and three bronze medals internationally so far this year, Daniel Bullen is progressing fast on his dream to play wheelchair table tennis at the Paralympic Games.
The 17-year-old from Dersingham, who suffers with cerebral palsy, is still training hard and being very successful.
In March he became national junior champion in Bristol. Daniel has been competing for GB and in June he attended the Spanish Open and achieved his first international bronze in the individual event. After only being home for one day he then flew out to Romania where he won another bronze in the team event.
In August Daniel attended a nine-day training camp in Slovenia with some of the world’s best players. From there he flew to Manchester for his sixth UK School Games.
In previous years Daniel has come away with two silver medals, losing to Nicko Anderson (another GB pathway player) but this year he knocked him out in the semi-finals and then went on to beat Megan Shackleton (member of the main GB squad) 3-0 in the final. Daniel played for the Midlands and helped his team win overall gold.
On September 22 Daniel attended the Czech Open where he was the lowest world ranked player there. In his first match he was up against the current world champion Tommy Urhaug from Norway and found it a great experience and it has motivated him to keep working hard to progress to this level.
Daniel achieved a bronze in the team event beating some highly ranked players. Next on the agenda for Daniel is the Belgium open at the end of October. Daniel is currently ranked 34 in the world and is in his second year at Bedford College where he is studying for a B.Tech Diploma level 3 in sport.
Daniel would like to thank the Norfolk Sports and Culture Foundation funded by Norfolk County Council and the Norse group specifically aimed at the county’s most talented athletes and artists and without their continued help none of this would have been possible.
At the moment Daniel has to self-fund all these events until he reaches the main GB squad. Daniel is currently fundraising for a new wheelchair costing £4,191 – if anyone would like to help or sponsor him in making his dream come true, contact his mum Jo by email at email@example.com