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DRINKHALL Paul
Great Britain
GBR
PaulDrinkhall
Date of Birth16/01/1990
Age25
Height176 cm/5'9"
Weight79kg/174lbs
GenderM

Profile

NicknameWiggy
School, universityLaurance Jackson School
Started competing2005
Language(s) spokenEnglish
Club nameTTC Nodo, Belgium
CoachAlan Cooke
Major sporting achievements

2012 OG (London), singles – 17th, team – 9th

Key: OG = Olympic Games | YOG = Youth Olympic Games |WCh = World Championships | WJCh = World Junior Championships | ECh = European Championship | EJCh = European Junior Championships |NCh = National Championships | NJCh = National Junior Championships

Most memorable performance

Winning Commonwealth Games Gold medal with my wife Joanna Drinkhall in Glasgow 2014

Additional information / What would you like people to know about you?

I played a lot of sports when I was younger and tried table tennis with my brother and we both really enjoyed the different challenges involved. Favourite Olympic memory is winning my second round match against an opponent that I had never beaten before and my first Olympic memory was winning my first game in a packed arena where everybody was cheering for me! Injuries include an operation in July 2013 (out of competition for a year with no training for six months). My most influential people are my parents for all of my career, but especially in the early days, driving me around to training and competitions all over the country and the world. Also Liu Jaiyi was my coach for the majority of my career so far; he helped me with the aggressive style that I try to play and many training opportunities in China. I am most proud of winning the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal with my wife Joanna Drinkhall in Glasgow. My hero is tennis player Roger Federer. I like how professional and calm he is on the court, and how he manages to stay at the top for so long. My favourite food is an English Breakfast. It will be amazing to be part of the first European Games and add another experience to my list.

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