Para table tennis was first included in the Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960 and is now practiced by Para athletes in more than 100 different countries. 

Para table tennis follows the usual table tennis rules with only slight modifications. For example, matches consist of five sets of 11 points each and are played over the best of five games, rather than seven. Men and women can participate in individual, doubles or team events. 

This sport is open to Para athletes with upper and lower limb paralysis, cerebral palsy, amputees and other physical disabilities like multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy. Para athletes compete in classes according to their functional ability. Para athletes receive classifications between 1-11. Classes 1-5 are for those in wheelchairs, and Classes 6-10 are for those with impairments that allow them to play standing. Within each of those groups, the higher the classification, the more function the Para athlete has. Class 11 is defined for players with an intellectual disability. 

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 269 Para athletes from 47 countries competed in 29 different medal events.

For more information on Para table tennis visit the International Table Tennis Federation.

Para table tennis is currently played in some regions in New Zealand. Register your interest now and we will help you to find a Para sport for you in your local area!