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Sport Table Tennis
NPC Norway   
Place of BirthBergen, NOR
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Wife, Grunn
Bergen, NOR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
"I started playing table tennis when I was 15 years old . At secondary school I had table tennis as an electives and it was my father who was the coach. As it turned out that I had a talent for table tennis so I decided to carry on with it, we started to train outside of school."
Why this sport?
"I've always liked to be active and ball sports was my passion. I joined Bergen HIL. Not to play table tennis, but to find a sport that I could pursue. The choice fell on wheelchair basketball, but after a short time, I went over to table tennis and it turned out to be a choice I will never regret."
Club / Team
Stord BTK: Bergen, NOR
Name of coach
Jan Bergersen
Coach from which country?
Coach from what year?
Training Regime
In March 2012 an exercise bike was donated to him so he could increase his training regime.
Senior International Debut
Competing for
European Championship
General Interest
"Leisure activities such as boating, a little guitar playing, ATV." (, 21 May 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
"All seven European championship gold medals and four world championship golds." (, 21 May 2012)
Most influential person in career
"My father, Raymond Espenes and Rolf Erik Paulsen have put in many hours. The latter also has for many years been my team mate on the national team. A wonderful person who has given me tremendous inspiration to go as I have done. I have learnt a lot from him."
(, 21 May 2012)
Awards and honours
In January 2012 he was nominated for the year's best athlete with a disability [2011] in Norway. (, 06 Jan 2012)
Other information
"I have a congenital disability that makes me need to use a wheelchair but I can walk using crutches." (, 21 May 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
5 2000 Singles Class 5  
5 2000 Team Class 5  
3 2008 Singles Class 4-5  
1 2012 Singles Class 5  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 Singles Class 5  
1 2015 Singles Class 5  
7 2015 Team Class 5  
World Ranking (01 Nov 2015)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015 Singles Class 5  
3 2015 Open Wheelchair  
1 2015 Singles Class 5  
3 2015 Open Wheelchair