Drumchapel Table Tennis Club’s Martin Perry won gold at the European Para Table Tennis Championships in Slovenia last week.

The British team of Perry, Paul Karabardak and David Wetherill defeated Croatia in the final of the men’s class six team event.

Karabardak and Wetherill got off to a flying start in the opening doubles match and were quickly 2-0 up but the Croatian combination of Pavao Jozic and the former World number one Vjekoslav Gregorovic came back to level at 2-2 before the GB pair asserted themselves again to win the match 11-4 in the fifth.

In the first singles Karabardak looked to be in trouble at 2-0 down against Jozic but the Welshman drew on all his experience and showed tremendous character to level at 2-2.

At 3-0 down in the fifth, GB coach Andrew Rushton called time out and it proved to be a good decision as Karabardak quickly levelled and then moved ahead, taking the match 11-7 in the fifth and securing gold for Britain. 23-year-old Perry said: “It’s been great being part of this team.

“These guys have a bank of knowledge and experience that I can feed on and it has been incredible being able to help and support them in any way I can – both in the training hall and by being supportive on the bench.

“Hopefully that energy transfers onto the table because we are in this together and I think the guys have played amazing throughout.

“I was down to play in the first match but I wasn’t needed so it shows that we have strength in depth in this team and going forward I’m sure there is much more success to come for us.”

Karabardak said: “I was frustrated because I know I can stay in the game with him, so to be 2-0 down and him to be dictating the game and me trying to force the play, I knew I had to change things and try and control the game, which I did.

“I started getting the ball on the table and I think he started to get a bit nervous and I was able to capitalise on that.

“When I was 3-0 down at the start of the fifth Andrew said ‘move the ball around’ which I did and I managed to get back into it and I’m over the moon with the way I played against a top opponent who has had a good competition.”