Megan’s call up to Team GB

Megan Shackleton
Megan Shackleton

A teenage wheelchair table tennis player is preparing to make her international debut after being picked in the Great Britain team.

Megan Shackleton, of Todmorden, won a bronze medal at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games in Sheffield in the summer and is ranked second in her classification in England.

She is training hard and eagerly anticipating representing her country at the Belgian Open later this month.

“I’m really excited because I have always wanted to represent Great Britain since I was eight-years-old,” she said.

Megan, who has been in a wheelchair since being involved in an accident several years ago, attended a training camp in Slovenia with the rest of the Great Britain squad over the summer.

The 14-year-old said the competition in Belgium will be a chance to test herself against some of the best players in the world.

“I’m going for the experience really,” she said.

“I’m up against some of the top players. I’ll do my best.”

Balancing her training and school work can prove difficult at times, but she said her family, friends and teachers are very supportive.

And she has also attracted the attention of some of the country’s top coaches and players, including her hero Will Bayley.

“I would like to be a big star like Will one day,” she said.

She is aiming to represent Great Britain at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.