This photo of the Feltham brothers appears on the Daily Echo website.
A PAIR of identical twins from Bournemouth in England will heading out on Eurostar to Belgium next week to represent Great Britain at the Special Olympics European Summer Games.View Story ▼A PAIR of identical twins from Bournemouth in England will heading out on Eurostar to Belgium next week to represent Great Britain at the Special Olympics European Summer Games.
Alastair and Duncan Feltham, who have been playing table tennis for the past 25 years, will be among 2,000 athletes competing at the games.
The 46-year-old brothers will be competing in both the singles and doubles table tennis tournaments.
The twins’ 83-year-old father and coach, Harold Feltham, said they inherited their love of the sport from him.
“I’ve been playing for 69 years,” he said. “Because I played, they wanted to play and that’s how it started.”
He added: “If they go out and play well and get beaten by a better player then I don’t mind. As long as they try their best.”
The pair, who practise two or three times a week at the YMCA in Winton, have competed at various tournaments at different countries across the world including China, Poland, France Spain, Czechoslovakia and Japan.
Their mother Sheena said she was very proud of their achievements.
“It’s been the making of them,” the 75-year-old said.
Minister for sport Helen Grant congratulated all those competing in the games, which are held every four years.
She said: “It will be a very proud moment for all the athletes to represent their country and I wish them all the best with their preparations.”
Karen Wallin, Special Olympics GB CEO, added: “We are proud of each and every athlete and we know they will strive to be the very best they can. They will all try to bring home medals but, just as importantly, build new friendships and gain memories that will last a lifetime.”
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