A badminton player from Potten End has been added to Great Britain’s first-ever Para badminton squad for the Tokyo Games this summer.
Martin Rooke, who has received financial support from Berkhamsted Rotary over the past five years, said he was “absolutely ecstatic” about his inclusion in the squad.
Ranked third in the world, Rooke has claimed a multitude of international titles over the last decade, including four European gold medals in each of the men’s singles and doubles events. He will take his place in the men’s WH2 class.
He told Badminton England: “I’m absolutely ecstatic that I will be part of the first ever badminton Paralympic squad going to Tokyo 2020. It’s extremely overwhelming.
“The fact that all four players on the GB squad have booked their places on the plane for Tokyo is a testament to our team.
“We have an amazing group of players, coaches and backroom staff.
“I’d like to thank each and every one of them for their time, effort and help, but most of all my partner Ruth who is the catalyst for everything I do.”
Rooke also thanked Berkhamsted Rotary for their ongoing support, saying: “I am very grateful for Berkhamsted Rotary’s support. I am buying more tyres, wheel bearings, seat strapping and a couple of new rackets. I’m leaving nothing to chance!”
Rooke and his teammates; Krysten Coombs, Jack Shephard and Dan Bethell, will soon head to the Japanese capital, with the games beginning on August 20.
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