Special guest paralympian Paul Karabardak wows Admiral staff with his table tennis skills
Table tennis player Paul Karabardak visited Admiral’s Swansea office to thank the local employer for donating over £500 towards his training equipment for the Rio 2016 Paralympics, and at the same time, took on staff at their preferred break time activity.
Paul’s brother, Huseyin Karabardak, works for Admiral’s Claims department and applied for the money through the company’s Community Chest Scheme. The money given was used to buy equipment, such as rackets and balls, essential for Paul’s strict six hours a day training regime.
Huseyin said, “I’m really pleased I can help my brother out through the company I work for. If it wasn’t for Admiral, we would struggle to afford all the right equipment needed for him to train for Rio. Admiral supported us for London 2012 and now for Rio 2016. I’m really proud of that.”
Many Admiral staff enjoy table tennis in their breaks, so we invited Paul to the office and several of them challenged him to a game. When asked whether any of them had been a good challenge to him Paul jokingly replied, “No, not really, but I was surprised at how good they were! Considering they only play on their breaks in the office, they all played really well.”
One staff member Anthony Williams commented, “We haven’t stopped talking about his visit. I played him three times and he thrashed me every time. I thought he was fantastic! We have asked for his games to be shown on our office TV so we don’t miss any.
“Thank you Paul for taking the time out of your busy schedule to play people at our level.”
Staff member Elliot Homewood commented, “I thought he was a great guy – very sound! He wasn’t big headed at all, even though we were all completely outclassed.”
Paul Karabardak was a keen footballer, until he suffered a stroke at the age of ten and was then introduced to table tennis at a local disabled youth club. He went on to represent Great Britain in many major tournaments since, including the London 2012 Paralympics. He will play in the GB Para Table Tennis Team, in Rio de Janerio in September 2016.
You can watch a video about Paul’s visit to Admiral by visiting our Admiral Community YouTube channel. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vFQWLwISMk&feature=youtu.be&a)