Table tennis champions Jack Hunter-Spivey and Ross Wilson become Ambassadors for Humanity & Inclusion UK
Paralympians Jack Hunter-Spivey and Ross Wilson have joined the Humanity & Inclusion UK family as our new Ambassadors. The two renowned table tennis players have reached the top of the game over the past eight years and will be supporting HI and our activities alongside people with disabilities living in places affected natural disaster, war and situations of severe poverty and exclusion.
Ross Wilson (left) and Jack Hunter-Spivey at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield | © J. McGeachy/HI
HI UK's Executive Director Aleema Shivji has welcomed new Ambassadors Jack Hunter-Spivey and Ross Wilson to Team HI:
Originally from Liverpool, Jack was born with cerebral palsy and was blind and deaf until he was nine months old. He discovered his passion for table tennis at an early age and was invited to his first GB Development camp at the age of 11. He has been part of the Performance squad since 2011. Jack is the only player ever to win the Junior, Senior and Open British titles in the same year and competes in able bodied table tennis at county level as well as competing with the GB Para team. Just last week Jack won gold and a bronze medal at the Italian Open.
A star player and a powerful advocate for inclusion Jack says:
Current World Champion Ross first played table tennis while on holiday at Center Parcs and showed an immediate talent for the game. His natural skill brought him success in able bodied table tennis and as a junior he was ranked in the top ten in the country, winning two National doubles titles.
When asked about his new role as an ambassador for HI, Ross said:
In 2011, Ross was diagnosed with multiple epiphyseal dysplasia, which affects the growing ends of the bones. Soon after the diagnosis Ross started training with the GB Paralympic team. In October 2018, Ross achieved his dream of becoming World Champion, beating the double Paralympic champion from China, Zhao Shuai, in the final of men’s class 8 to take the gold.
The road to Tokyo
Both Jack and Ross support a number of amazing organisations. In August Jack will be one of the celebrity Team Captains at the fantastic Superhero Tri sport series in Windsor where HI will also have a team of awesome fundraisers.
In 2019, much of the focus will be on qualifying for Team GB at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.