Paralympic Sheffield hero Will is celebrated Inn real style

Great Britain's Will Bayley is dejected after loosing to Germany's Jochem Wollmert in the men's single's class 7 gold medal match at the Excel Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 2, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS Table Tennis. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Great Britain's Will Bayley is dejected after loosing to Germany's Jochem Wollmert in the men's single's class 7 gold medal match at the Excel Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 2, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS Table Tennis. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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PARALYMPIC success is being celebrated with a huge picture of a Sheffield medallist projected on the side of a city centre hotel.

The image of table tennis player Will Bayley is being displayed in honour of his silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympics on Sunday.

The picture of Will is lighting up the front of The Holiday Inn Royal Victoria Hotel, Victoria Station Road, after he finished runner-up in the class seven table tennis final.

Will, aged 24, who was born with arthrogryposis, narrowly missed out on a gold medal after losing 3-1 to German table tennis player Jochen Wollmert.

Hermann Beck, Royal Victoria managing director, said: “To get silver is a monumental achievement that should not be underestimated.”

“He was fantastic, and I have no doubt that he will have other opportunities to win gold.”

Bayley, who trains at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe, Sheffield, has followed in the footsteps of golden girl Jessica Ennis in helping to put Sheffield on the map for great sporting achievements.

The Royal Victoria also played host to the official after party for the torch relay when it was carried through Sheffield in June.

Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg attended the event which showcased a selection of Olympic torches dating back to the 1930s.

Mr Beck said: “It was a fantastic event for the city and for all of Sheffield’s sporting associations.”

Making his Paralympic debut in London, Will said: “It feels disappointing at the moment because I got to the final and I thought I had a really good chance of winning it.”

“I am sorry to the people who came to watch and I am sorry to my coach.”

The banner, covering half of the front of the hotel, will be displayed until tomorrow.

Mr Beck said: “We don’t celebrate the success of people from the city enough.

“So that’s why we’re doing this, it is a great thing to be able to celebrate.”