Carroll will be contesting the Para Table Tennis World Championships from May 17 to 20 in Slovakia.
There, he will compete in all three events – Singles, Doubles and Teams.
National Para Table Tennis Head Coach Alois Rosario was pleased with Rory’s build up, saying “his hitting the ball really well at the moment” and has been working hard in the gym. Rosario identified that in Rory’s pet event, the Teams event, he’ll face stiffest competition from the French team; but has given himself and team mate Sam von Einem every chance to win.
Should Rory secure a medal at the Championships, it will be his first World Championship medal; and will sit alongside medals won oversea in various National Opens (Thailand in 2015 – Gold & 2016 – Silver; Spain in 2015 – Silver and Italy 2014 – Bronze), as well as multiple Australian National Championships.
Carroll earlier this week said “I’m looking forward to it, it should be awesome. I hope to bring back Gold”.
Additional to his membership and support through the national Paralympic Table Tennis Squad, and his playing at the local Ballarat Table Tennis Association, Rory is supported locally by FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport. At WestVic, Rory has weekly strength and conditioning training focusing on leg strength, agility and stability; and has over his five years with WestVic accessed sport psychology workshops, nutrition seminars and other mentoring.
WestVic Executive Officer Rob Ward this week described Carroll as “a model athlete; someone who puts everything into his training, and is very grateful for all the support he receives”. Ward added “we are just so proud to be one part of Rory’s support team and want him to get the results he deserves in Slovakia”.
WestVic Academy of Sport currently supports 140 athletes across 22 sports; all of whom access services such as: specialist coaching; weekly strength and conditioning; sport science opportunities; sport psychology, nutrition and other personal development; plus athlete mentoring. In 2016, 52 of the 125 athletes supported by WestVic competed at National level or equivalent in their sport. For further information, please contact Academy Executive Officer Rob Ward on 0417 044 419.