Dumbarton's table tennis star Martin Perry is among a squad of 11 British athletes aiming to secure their spots for the upcoming Paralympic Games.

The athletes will be competing at the US Para Open in Corpus Christi, Texas, from January 16 to 18.

The tournament forms part of the athletes' all-important qualification process.

Mr Perry said: "Training post-Europeans has been going really well.

"I’m playing at that consistently high level I showed at the back end of last year so I’m really happy with that and I’m looking forward to the US Open.

"I won it in 2016 but it’s been a long time since I’ve been there, and it would be nice to go back and hopefully earn another title.

"It’s not going to be easy because there are some good players going there but I’ll do the best that I can."

The 29-year-old newcomer recently celebrated the birth of his daughter Beira with wife Siobhain.

Currently ranked ninth globally, Mr Perry has consistently proven his mettle in the sport with bronze medals at both the World Championships in 2022 and the European Championships in Sheffield last September.

He said: "It is nice being in a position very close to automatic qualification for Paris and to be fighting for that spot and feeling good, but I can’t rest on my laurels.

"I’ve got to keep focused and make sure I do enough to get over the line in these next few tournaments and hopefully that will be enough to get me qualified and representing ParalympicsGB in the summer."

The Scottish athlete will be competing alongside European men’s class 5 silver medallist Jack Hunter-Spivey and six members of the Performance Squad, who, after disappointing performances at the European Championships, are looking for a chance to bounce back.

They include World silver medallist Joshua Stacey, World bronze medallist Aaron McKibbin, Tokyo Paralympic bronze medallist Paul Karabardak, and Tokyo team medallists Billy Shilton and Megan Shackleton.

In addition to these heavyweights, former two-time European team medallist Ashley Facey, as well as promising newcomers Chris Ryan, Theo Bishop, and Romain Simon, will be partaking in the tournament.

The deadline for qualification for the 2024 Paralympic Games ends in March, with the final opportunity for athletes being the Paralympic World Qualification Tournament in Thailand from May 23 to 25.