Nathan is a young man with an Olympian vision – to represent Australia in Table Tennis at the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.
This is a tough and gruelling path for any athlete and for Nathan, born in 1996 with cerebral palsy it has more difficulties than you can imagine. In the last 4 years Nathan has had two hip surgeries and bone grafts. These painful procedures have been brought about because his condition means that the bones and muscles grow painfully at separate rates and impair functioning.
But, he is well on his way, after relentlessly hitting his way to become the 2017 Australian National Singles Champion, in the Men’s Class 8 division, in February this year. Nathan is now ranked Number 47 in the world in Men’s Class 8 Division and 12 in the world in the Under 23 Class 8 Division.
Not all of us can aspire to be Olympians but we can revel in his success and support Nathan on his quest towards Tokyo 2020.
Born in 1996, Nathan is studying Business full-time at university and works part time at Coolabah Law Chambers. On top of this Nathan has a demanding training schedule, in excess of twenty hours each week. Somehow, he also seems to find time to have fun with his buddies in and around his hometown of Williamstown, Victoria, Australia.
Nathan is an elite athlete having represented Australia at the highest level over the last 7 years. 2017 was a massive year for Nathan wining gold at three major international titles including the Oceania Regional Championships in Fiji, the Taiwan Para Open and the Korean Para Open.
2018 brings new challenges for Nathan travelling to Europe to live and train as he prepares for his second World Para Championships in Slovenia in October. As part of his preparation Nathan will be playing lead up tournaments in Spain, U.S.A, Czech Republic and Thailand.
2019 is the qualifying year for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics sees Nathan busy playing tournaments to secure his spot. From August Nathan will be based in Germany training under Thomas Wetzel within his International Table Tennis Academy
Money raised through this platform will assist Nathan with training, travelling and competition costs as he builds towards Tokyo 2020.