Ambassador Westmacott challenged NBC's Chuck Todd to a friendly table tennis match at the office. The match comes at just the right time, as we are currently celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The UK is promoting the Olympic Legacy and the inspirational power of London 2012 in its effort to deliver lasting change in sport, promote healthier lifestyles, improve the lives of disabled people and invest in our communities.
Ping! is an innovative street ping pong project which provides people with opportunities to play social and competitive table tennis, free of charge. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK playing – to bring about a sense of community spirit and get more people playing sport on the run up to the Olympics.
Paralympic table tennis champion Natalia Partyka reached the last 32 of the Olympic women's singles event after a thrilling late-night victory. The 23-year-old from Poland, who was born without a right hand and forearm, beat Denmark's Mie Skov 4-3. Partyka is one of only two athletes, along with South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, who will compete at both the Olympics and Paralympics this year.
Natalia Partyka from Poland - is taking part in her fourth Paralympic Games, having also competed in two Olympic Games - all by the age of just 23. With a third gold secured in the women's class 10 table tennis, Partyka is building an impressive Paralympic legacy. Born without her right forearm, she very quickly found the sport of table tennis and made her Paralympic debut at the Sydney Games in 2000, aged just 11.