Plymouth Paralympian David Wetherill vows to return for Rio
PARALYMPIAN David Wetherill insists he will use his London Games disappointment as a spur in four years' time.
Wetherill, 22, the youngest table tennis competitor at the London Paralympics, went out of the competition in the opening preliminaries round.
He was beaten 3-1 by German Thomasz Lusiak.
Had he beaten Lusiak, Wetherill (right) would have been in the quarter finals, having reached the last eight in Beijing four years ago.
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Wetherill admitted his disappointment, but said that had fuelled his determination to win a Paralympics medal, preferably at Rio in 2016.
The Torpoint student said he would be willing to put any thoughts of a full-time career on hold while he concentrated on training for Brazil.
Wetherill said: "I'm disappointed, very disappointed, but taking a step back a few days afterwards, I gave it my all.
"There are athletes still there in London playing in team events and it's hard to take.
"But I can say I prepared myself the best that I could for the tournament.
"I wanted to win, but the player I was up against is a very good player. It could have so easily been a medal match if I had got through.
"But that's the way it is in table tennis – you lose one match and you can be out."
Wetherill said he wanted to concentrate solely on the four years leading up to Rio.
The Sheffield University graduate had been looking at attaining a Masters degree.
But Wetherill said he may put that plan on hold while he focuses on the Paralympics.
He said: "I'm probably not going back to university, because I want to concentrate on table tennis. It's too much for me to do.
"I don't know about a career – at the moment I'm not looking for a heavy job, although I am going to need sponsorship to help me get to Rio. It's something to consider.
"I was the youngest player in the tournament and I want to win a medal at some point.
"Not doing so well in London has given me a real incentive to win a medal."
Wetherill was born with a bone condition called multiple epiphyseal dysplasia, which affects the growth of his long bones and joints.
He has confounded doctors' predictions that he would be in a wheelchair by now, saying that table tennis has helped him defy his condition.