“I would like to play table tennis every day.”
These are the words of Hartmut Freund -the German table tennis champion in class 11 (Intellectual Disability). Normally, the 43 years old player trains three or four times a week but during the summer holidays when the halls are closed, he keeps himself fit by swimming.
He began playing table tennis in 1985. In Bietigheim-Bissingen, a small city in southwest Germany, he is not only member of a sports club for disabled people, but also in a table tennis club for non-disabled players. In both clubs he is the only player with an intellectual disability. He loves smashing the small celluloid ball.
This year, Hartmut won the first German table tennis championships for players with an intellectual disability. He became champion without losing a set. In September, he will be the only German participant at the Global Games of Inas in Genoa. And in October, he will be the only German player in class 11 at the European table tennis championships in Split.