Two sportsmen batting back and forth to be the best in their field

Two sportsmen from Dorset are hoping to inspire each other on the international scene in the next few weeks.

Matt Ware is aiming to come out on top at Ping Pong while Simon Heaps is competing in a Para Table tennis tournament.

  • Andrew Pate went along to see them in training. Watch his report below:

Two players, ready to represent England.

Matt Ware from Poole - at the World Championship of Ping Pong. At 14 he was an international Junior Champion.

While Simon Heaps from Ferndown will be competing at the Costa Rica Para Open. In May, the 64 year old diabetic had part of his leg amputated.

  • Simon Heaps- Para table tennis player

We've followed Matt's career since he was a teenager, and he continues to be one of the country's top Ping Pong players.

Which is different from table tennis and it's padded bats.

  • Matt Ware- Ping Pong and Table Tennis player

Simon is aiming for the Commonwealth Games in 2022 when he'll be 67.

Matt's on top of his game having won the English Ping Pong Championships last month.

While Simon is looking for sponsorship as he aims to take on the best in the world once again.

Both Simon and Matt are ready to represent England Credit: ITV Meridian