Ashley Facey-Thompson

Ashley Facey-Thompson

Athlete Information

  • Region

    Stratford, London

  • Date of Birth

    31/01/1995

  • Classification

    Class 9

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Bio

A keen sports fan Ashley started playing table tennis in year 7 at Morpeth School in Bethnal Green, East London and immediately impressed coaches with his talent.

Having played against GB international Aaron McKibbin in tournaments around England he was called up by the GB Para Table Tennis Team to play a competition in Romania and joined the GB Performance squad in 2009. Although he just missed out on the team for London 2012 he was selected for the Paralympic Inspiration Programme and so visited both the Paralympic venues and village, an experience that made him even more determined to get to Rio in 2016.

Although Ashley missed out on an automatic qualification place for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games by just one point he was first reserve for men’s class 9 and his place in the competition was confirmed in August 2016. Ashley performed with credit at his first Paralympic Games and reached the quarter-finals of the men’s class 9-10 team competition with Kim Daybell, losing to China.

In 2017 Ashley moved to Sheffield to train full time with the GB squad after completing his course in sports coaching and analysis at London’s South Bank University. The move payed dividends at the European Championships in Slovenia where he reached the quarter-finals of the men’s class 9 singles, losing to World number one Laurens Devos, and then won a superb silver medal in the men’s class 10 team event with Kim Daybell. The GB pair beat World silver medallists Russia and Paralympic silver medallists Spain before losing to World champions Poland in the final.

He then combined with Kim Daybell and Joshua Stacey to take bronze in the men’s class 10 team event at the 2019 European Championships.

Ashley was born with Erbs palsy, which has affected the nerves in the right side of his body, primarily in his arm and shoulder. One of the table tennis team’s band of Arsenal fans, he is also a keen basketball fan and supports the LA Lakers.

Major Results

2019 Results European Championships, Sweden

  • Men’s teams (class 10): Bronze

2017 Results European Championships, Lasko, Slovenia

  • Men’s teams (class 10): Silver

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