Burnley teen to represent Great Britain at Table Tennis Euro Championship

Felicity Pickard has been chosen to represent Great Britain
Felicity Pickard has been chosen to represent Great Britain

Burnley teenager Felicity Pickard is to compete for Great Britain at the European Para Table Tennis Championships in Italy later this month.

The 19-year-old won the national title this year at class 6-10, for those who have disabilities that allow them to play standing.

Felicity made her international debut in 2011 at the Czech Open, and this year alone has competed in the Slovenia Open, Lignano Master Open and Hungarian Open.

A keen Padiham FC fan, Felicity was Volunteer of the Year for Burnley in 2010 and accompanied 24 disabled and disadvantaged children on the journey of a lifetime to Borneo.

Having been keen on sport from an early age, she started playing table tennis in 2010.

At the age of 14 she began volunteering to help other disabled people, and having played table tennis on holiday she was asked to play while volunteering at Hyndburn Table Tennis Club.

She said: “I have always wanted to achieve something, and I found I could do that with table tennis.”

Born with cerebral palsy, Felicity is training hard “to compete more with the girls in my class” and will compete in her first European Championships from September 28th to October 5th.