Who is Will Bayley? Strictly Come Dancing 2019 contestant and Paralympian


Will Bayley is primary on the earth of desk tennis – however will he even be a Strictly champion?

Will Bayley Strictly (BBC)

Our Strictly Come Dancing line-up for 2019 is quick taking form, after Will Bayley was confirmed to be the 10th movie star taking to the ground later this 12 months.

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The Paralympian is already a professional with paddles, having received Gold at table-tennis in Rio 2016, however will he have the identical luck as he takes on the judges as they flash their scores?

Right here’s all the pieces you want to find out about Strictly Come Dancing contestant Will Bayley.

Who’s Will Bayley?

Bayley is a Paralympic table-tennis champion. The 31-year-old, who suffers from arthrogryposis (congenital joint contracture), determined to take up table-tennis as a baby following a most cancers prognosis.

After becoming a member of a desk tennis membership in his hometown of Tunbridge Wells, Bayley went on to compete within the 2008 Summer season Paralympics in Beijing, the place he was knocked out within the preliminary phases. Nevertheless, he went on to win gold medals within the Czech and German opens in 2009, and golds within the Lignano and Brazil opens in 2010.

Bayley received a gold medal within the singles on the 2011 European Championships in Break up, Croatia and took silver within the London 2012 Paralympics.

Key Information

Age: 31

Twitter: @willbayleytt

Instagram: @willbayleytt

What’s Will Bayley finest identified for? A closely embellished Paralympian and world number one desk tennis participant

Who’s Will Bayley’s skilled associate? Janette Manrara

He lastly took Paralympic gold in Rio 2016 – however his celebration noticed him earn a yellow card after he jumped on the desk.

“I was on match point and obviously everything was really tense but it suddenly came into my head that I hadn’t decided what to do if I won,” Bayley instructed BBC Sport.

“It had been a troublesome match, my feelings have been everywhere, I used to be confused and remembered shedding at London 2012.

“Then, the moment I won, for some reason my first thought was ‘Jump!’.”

Unsurprisingly, for somebody so extremely embellished of their sport, Bayley was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his companies to desk tennis.

Has Will Bayley accomplished any actuality TV earlier than?

Bayley turned to Fred Sirieux to seek out love, showing on Celeb First Dates in 2016.

“It was surreal, but I’d watched the programme before and knew what to expect, so it was a great experience,” he mentioned.

“I just can’t bring myself to watch it back though; first dates are hard enough and I just think it would be so cringey to watch myself.”

Nevertheless, Bayley parted together with his date as “friends”, earlier than assembly his present associate Fiona York at a reception – the pair now have a baby collectively.

What has Will Bayley mentioned about acting on Strictly Come Dancing?

Bayley, by his personal admission, can’t dance.

“I have never, ever danced in my life,” he instructed Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkRADIO. “Apart from in clubs where my friends have told me to stop dancing in the club because I’m awful, so it’s going to be tough.”

Regardless of this, Bayley is decided to work arduous and do his associate proud.

“I’ll work really hard, but I need someone to be honest, I just want someone to tell me if I’m rubbish!” he joked.

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Strictly Come Dancing launches Saturday at 7pm on BBC One



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