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Paralympic champion shares inspiring story with JLL’s Norwich office

​NORWICH, 5 DECEMBER 2016 – World Para table tennis champion Will Bayley, who took gold in the men's class 7 singles at the Paralympic Games in Rio, has been in Norwich recently to share his inspiring story with staff from property consultants JLL.

Para table tennis World champion Will Bayley, sponsored by JLL, visited the firm’s Norwich offices at Austin House on Stannard Place to speak to staff about his journey to Rio success.

Will talked to staff about his background, competing in Rio and his now infamous winning table climbing celebration which saw him also hug the umpire who yellow carded him. He also took on some of JLL’s staff at table tennis.

Will was born with arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder that affects all four of his limbs and doctors feared that he would never walk. From just three months old, Will had numerous bone breaking operations at Great Ormond Street, and by the age of three through his courage and determination and with the aid of ‘magic’ boots, he was able to walk.

When he was just seven years old, Will was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It was while Will was being treated and recovering from cancer, that his Grandmother bought him his first table tennis table and started him on a sporting journey that has led to Will now being a three time Paralympian, appearing in Beijing and London before the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

Sara Jordan, director in JLL’s Norwich office said learning first-hand about Will's personal journey with childhood cancer to international sports champion provided everyone with food for thought.

Sara said: “We all have days when the obstacles in our way just seem too much, so hearing about someone who overcame both a rare congenital disorder and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma before the age of 10 certainly put such mundane matters into perspective.”
Sara added: “When you think that Will needed multiple operations on all his limbs, at Great Ormond Street Hospital, from the age of just three months, and then had to return at the age of seven for chemotherapy, it's remarkable what he has achieved so much and in such a demanding and intense sport at global level, truly inspirational”

“It’s not every day you get to meet a Paralympian and hold a gold medal. We were delighted to welcome Will to our Norwich office and hear his inspiring story first hand.”

JLL provides commercial and residential property services across its 24 UK offices. Established in Norwich in 2000, the firm has nearly 300 staff focusing on property management and finance services.