Originally from Liverpool and brought up on a council estate in Anfield, Jack was born with cerebral palsy and was blind and deaf until he was nine months old.
When London won the Olympic and Paralympic bid in 2005, 10-year-old Jack was playing table tennis in a youth club in Widnes and decided that he wanted to play in the Paralympic Games in London. Although he just missed out on selection for London, he experienced the atmosphere of the Games through the Paralympic Inspiration Programme and went on to achieve his dream of representing ParalympicsGB in Rio 2016.
He won his first international singles gold in the US Open in 2017, beating world champion Valentin Baus in the semi-final and London 2012 Paralympic champion Tommy Urhaug in the final.
He lost narrowly to reigning world champion Ali Ozturk in the quarter-finals at the European Championships in 2017 and 2019 and the World Championships in 2018 and, having secured his place in Tokyo by winning the men’s class 5 singles at the World Qualification Tournament, he won his first major championship medal at the Paralympic Games in 2021, taking bronze in the men’s class 5 singles.
Major appearances and career highlights
|Paralympic Games||Tokyo||2021||Men’s Class 5 Singles bronze|
|European Championships||Sweden||2019||Men’s Class 5 Singles QF|
|World Championships||Slovenia||2018||Men’s Class 5 Singles QF|
|European Championships||Slovenia||2017||Men’s Class 5 Singles QF|
|Paralympic Games||Rio||2016||Men’s Class 5 Singles groups|
|European Championships||Denmark||2015||Men’s Class 5 Singles QF|
|World Championships||Beijing||2014||Men’s Class 5 Singles last 16|