Yesterday, the South Wales Evening Post announced that Welsh athletics competitor Paul Karabardak had been nominated for top prize in Evening Post Pride Awards, with the winner scheduled to be announced in a ceremony on April 16 at Brangwyn Hall in Swansea.
29-year-old Karabardak was a member of Great Britain’s 2012 Paralympic team, representing the country in class 7 table tennis. He is currently ranked fifteenth in the world in his class, and twelfth in Europe. He also represented Great Britain in table tennis at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing. Karabardak took up the sport at a local disability youth club, after having a stroke when he was 10-years-old and went on to make his international debut in 2001. Prior to his stroke, he played football. He is currently affiliated with the Penlan Table Tennis Club. In the past year, he has been busy. He claimed gold in the Men’s teams class 7 at the Slovenia Open. He picked up a silver medal at the Slovakia Open in the Men’s teams class 7. He grabbed another silver in Men’s teams class 6-7 at last year’s Lignano Master Open. At last year’s world championships, he won a bronze in the Men’s teams class 6-7.
Karabardak is nominated alongside Wales football manager Chris Coleman, and fellow Paralympic competitor David Anthony.