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Paralympics: Saltney table tennis star Scott Robertson gets London 2012 call

SALTNEY’S Scott Robertson has been selected for his fourth consecutive Paralympic Games in London later this year.

The 35-year-old table tennis ace, who was born in Mancot, will be one of Team GB’s most experienced players having previously competed at the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Games.

He is the fifth Welsh player selected for the 13-strong squad alongside Sara Head (Rhondda), Rob Davies (Brecon), Paul Karabadark (Swansea) and Paul Davies (Bridgend).

Robertson has brittle bones and took up table tennis to stay active once he started using a wheelchair.

His wife Claire was also a GB Paralympic table tennis player who made her debut at the 2008 Beijing Games but has now retired.

Robertson has continued to dedicate himself to international competition, however. He travelled 90 miles to the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield to train with Team GB twice a week and winning medals to keep himself in the spotlight, securing bronze medal in the singles and gold in the team event at last year’s Slovenia Open in Lasko.

He also won team bronze at the 2011 Lignano Master Open in Italy.

Craig Hunter, Chef de Mission for Team GB’s Paralympic squad said: “This is great news for the whole table tennis team and for Paralympics GB.

“Scott has trained very hard to get to this stage and it’s great that his work has paid off.”

Robertson’s selection follows the announcement that the Team GB sitting volleyball team, which could feature Garden City’s Amy Brierly, will also be going to the Games.

The Paralympic Games will take place from August 29 to September 9. The table tennis competition runs from August 30 until September 8.