Ross first played table tennis while on holiday at Center Parcs and a watching member of staff, noting the Arsenal shirt he was wearing, christened him the Thierry Henry of table tennis.
His natural skill brought him success in able bodied table tennis and as a junior he was ranked in the top ten in the country, winning two National doubles titles.
However, as he got older it became clear that some physical problem was affecting his development and in 2011 he was diagnosed with multiple epiphyseal dysplasia, which affects the growing ends of the bones.
Ross won bronze in the men’s class 6-8 team event in London 2012 at the age of just 17 and overcame a series of injuries and two years out of the sport to qualify for Rio 2016 and take bronze again in the men’s class 6-8 team.
In April 2018 he won gold in the men’s class 6-10 singles at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and in October 2018 became World champion after beating the double Paralympic champion from China in the final.
He competed in his third Paralympic Games in Tokyo and took bronze in the men’s class 8 team event with Aaron McKibbin and Billy Shilton.
Major appearances and career highlights
|Paralympic Games||Tokyo||2021||Men’s Class 8 Team bronze; |
Men’s Class 8 Singles QF
|European Championships||Sweden||2019||Men’s Class 8 Team silver|
|World Championships||Slovenia||2018||Men’s Class 8 Singles gold|
|Commonwealth Games||Gold Coast||2018||Men’s Class 6-10 Singles gold|
|European Championships||Slovenia||2017||Men’s Class 8 Team bronze; |
Men’s Class 8 Singles bronze
|Paralympic Games||Rio||2016||Men’s Class 6-8 Team bronze|
|European Championships||Denmark||2015||Men’s Class 8 Team bronze|
|Paralympic Games||London||2012||Men’s Class 6-8 Team bronze|
|European Championships||Croatia||2011||Men’s Class 8 Singles silver|