Table Tennis is one of the traditional Paralympic sports and has been included in the schedule since the inaugural Games in Rome 1960. Standing players were included for the first time in 1976 in Toronto and athletes with a learning disability for the first time in 1980 in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Eligible impairment groups include physical impairments and athletes with a learning disability. Table Tennis was one of the sports introduced by Dr Guttmann in the early Stoke Mandeville Games, as part of the rehabilitation programme for spinal injury patients.

Archive video of table tennis in 1955 and 1964

Head and shoulders photo of Hugh Stewart Mackenzie

Hugh Stewart Mackenzie - Table tennis at Tokyo

Hugh was a member of the GB team who went to the 1964 Tokyo games; with Paul Lyall they won the Bronze medal in the Table Tennis Men’s Doubles B competition. Read more

Philip Lewis playing table tennis at Stoke Mandeville in 1963

Table Tennis Athlete Philip Lewis

"One of the physios at Stoke Mandeville, Bill Preston, was a good league table tennis player and he spotted that I was a good player despite my high level lesion." Read more

Rainer Kuschall racing in 1992

Table Tennis Athlete Rainer Kuschall

Rainer Kuschall learned to play table tennis at Stoke Mandeville and went on to compete as part of the Swiss team from 1968. Read more

Susan Baroness Masham of Ilton remembers the Rome Games, 1960

Lady Susan Masham won three gold medals in the 1960 Games. Read more