Ian Kent

 

Ian Kent won the gold medal in singles and team at the Canadian para table tennis championships in 2014. Just a month earlier, he competed at the ITTF World Para Championships, delivering a gutsy performance despite an injury which would knock him out of the top-16 in the world.

Now his focus has turned to the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, where he aims for a second career Parapan American Games gold. He has sacrificed time with his family in Nova Scotia to spend more time at the national training centre in Ottawa to prepare for the Games.

A former able-bodied table tennis national team coach, Kent has been playing the sport virtually his entire life. He has three sons, Isaac, Tyler, and Matthew, two of whom also play table tennis, and round out the top-three able-bodied players in Nova Scotia with Ian maintaining the #1 spot.

In 1999, at the age of 38, Kent was diagnosed with dystonia, a movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. He was bed-ridden for nearly two years before the cause was diagnosed. He returned to table tennis in 2001 and in 2003, he entered the world of Paralympic table tennis.

Kent competed at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games where he placed 12th. He credits his sport for providing him with tremendous life-skill learning opportunities and a long and healthy life. He constantly strives to get better and lives and plays by the motto, “If better is possible, good is not enough.”

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Has won the able-bodied Atlantic Men’s Open Singles title in five different decades…world team member in 2010 and 2014…as soccer coach at Dalhousie University from 1991 to 1998, he won the Atlantic University Championship five times and won a national title in 1995…

PERSONAL

Moved to Canada with his parents as a child…Father of three boys, now adults…Holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in mathematics and a minor in psychology from Saint Mary’s University… Two of his sons are among the top-ranked table tennis players in Nova Scotia… His mother is a former British track athlete.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

  • 2013 Pan Am Championship: 1st team
  • 2007 Parapan Am Games: 2nd singles
  • 2013 Pan Am Championship: 3rd singles
  • 2007 Parapan Am Games: 2nd team
  • 2011 Parapan Am Games: 1st singles
  • 2007 Parapan Am Games: 4th open
  • 2011 Parapan Am Games: 2nd doubles

 

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2011 Guadalajara Parapan AmsTable TennisSingles - Mengold
2015 Toronto Parapan AmsTable TennisTeam - Mensilver
2011 Guadalajara Parapan AmsTable TennisDoubles - Mensilver
2007 Rio Parapan AmsTable TennisSingles - Mensilver
2007 Rio Parapan AmsTable TennisTeam - Mensilver
2015 Toronto Parapan AmsTable TennisSingles - Menbronze

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Table Tennis Singles - Men 3
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Table Tennis Team - Men 2
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Table Tennis Singles - Men 1
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Table Tennis Doubles - Men 2
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Table Tennis Singles - Men 2
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Table Tennis Team - Men 2
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Table Tennis Open - Men 4
Games Sport Event Result
2008 Beijing Paralympics Table Tennis Singles - Men 12