The youngest of four brothers, Martin always had a passion for sport and played a number of sports before being introduced to table tennis in 2011 at a Scottish Disability Sport summer camp, where he met the person who was to have a huge influence on his sporting career, Terry McLernon MBE.
In 2013 Martin joined the GB Pathway Programme and in October 2015 he moved to Sheffield to train full time with the GB squad. Having missed out on qualification for the Paralympic Games in 2016 Martin won his first international title at the US Open later that year.
In April 2017 Martin won his first National title in the men’s class 6 singles and was promoted to the GB Performance Squad. He was part of the team that won gold in the men’s class 6 team event at the European Championships in 2017 and went on to retain the title in 2019.
In 2019 he set up a crowdfunding account to help him compete in as many tournaments as possible in his bid to qualify for Tokyo and took medals in Italy, Spain, Poland, Mexico, Thailand, Czech Republic, Finland and China.
Needing to win the World Qualification Tournament in June 2021 to secure his Paralympic debut in Tokyo he reached the quarter-finals but was beaten in a very close match by Kazuki Shichino from Japan.
Major appearances and career highlights
|European Championships||Sweden||2019||Men’s Class 6 Team gold;|
Men’s Class 6 Singles QF
|World Team Championships||Slovakia||2017||Men’s Class 6 Singles bronze|