by Kabir Nagpal
Popular Paralympic Champion, Britain’s Will Bayley is about to entice his fans with moves never seen before and on a different stage altogether, following confirmation of his inclusion in the Strictly Come Dancing line-up for 2019.
According to British media, Strictly Come Dancing is the 66th most popular contemporary TV programme and the 18th most famous. Often described as a hugely entertaining and charming show, it seems that Will – who was awarded an MBE in January 2017 for his outstanding achievements in Paralympic Sport – has found another platform on which to strut his stuff!
Speaking about his newest adventure, Will said:
“I’m so proud to be on the show, it’s my family’s favourite show. I have no dance experience at all, but I hope I can do well. I want to inspire people with a disability – that would mean a lot to me. I want to prove to people I can do this.” Will Bayley
A show that is a clear favourite amongst the ‘Baby Boomers’ generation as compared to ‘Gen X’, Will is surely about to make some new fans along this exciting journey.
This divergence from table tennis is naturally not one to affect his current playing career. Will won gold at the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016 after just missing out in London 2012, and has his sights set on getting the chance to defend his title at Tokyo 2020. To make matters even more interesting, he just won the 2019 Japan Para Open at the weekend.
The man from Kent is a real legend of Paralympic Table Tennis and is now about to inspire even more people than before.