Born in Middlesbrough, Paul Drinkhall enjoyed significant success at junior level – winning numerous national championships and finishing second in the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year on two occasions.
He became the youngest victor of the English senior men’s title since Chester Barnes in 1963 when he won the event in 2007 before winning a silver and a bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Drinkhall reached the last 32 at the London 2012 Olympic Games and won mixed doubles gold alongside wife Joanna and team silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Drinkhall won bronze at the 2016 World Team Championships in Malaysia alongside Liam Pitchford and Sam Walker – England’s first medal at that level since 1983.
The trio reached the quarter-finals for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, whileDrinkhall also reached the last 16 of the individual competition in Brazil, becoming only the third Brit ever to progress to that stage.