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Commonwealth Games wild card call-up for former King's Lynn table tennis ace



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Para table tennis star Dan Bullen has been awarded a wild card to represent Team England in the men’s class 3-5 event at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The 24-year-old, who was born and brought up in Lynn before moving to St Neots eight years ago, is a member of the British Para Table Tennis Team’s Pathway Squad.

Bullen – a former winner at the Lynn News Sports Awards – made his major championship debut at the European Championships in 2019, competing alongside Jack Hunter-Spivey in the men’s class five team event.

The KLFM West Norfolk Sports Awards in Lynn's Corn Exchange. Daniel Bullen receives the Disabled Sports Person of the Year award.. (57242745)
The KLFM West Norfolk Sports Awards in Lynn's Corn Exchange. Daniel Bullen receives the Disabled Sports Person of the Year award.. (57242745)

He won his first international tournament at the Costa Rica Para Open in 2021.

“I’m really excited to be selected as a wild card for the Commonwealth Games,” he said. “

This was my target at the start of the year and I’ve worked really hard and gone to as many tournaments as possible to give myself the opportunity to be in with a chance of a wild card but I really didn’t think it was possible so to get one is a dream come true.

"This will be my first major Games and I’m really looking forward to the experience especially with Jack (Hunter-Spivey), Fliss (Pickard), Sue (Bailey) and Ross (Wilson) who have all done major Games before to help me.

"My family have never seen me play in an international tournament except on live steam so for them to be able to watch me play and represent England will mean the world to me and I’m so excited to be going and to have the chance to compete in front of a home crowd. It will be amazing to be part of it.”

The Para Table Tennis events at the Commonwealth Games will take place at the NEC Hall 3 in Birmingham from August 3-7.



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