Wetherill right behind Woolwell tournament
Paralympian David Wetherill has urged local players to take part in a major table-tennis tournament.
Torpoint’s Wetherill (right), a star of the London Paralympics, is planning to compete in the second Woolwell Open tournament, which is being held at Eggbuckland Community College over two days later this month.
The tournament, which features stars of the domestic game, was a massive hit last year when it was first held.
This time, the tournament has attracted England number three Darius Knight, who came close to winning last year’s event.
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He will be joined by Scottish number one Gavin Rimgay, plus England’s number three woman player, Hannah Hicks.
However, the tournament’s organisers, Woolwell Table Tennis Club, stress that the event is not just for elite players.
Wetherill said he hoped local players would flock to take part in the tournament, being held on December 28 and 29.
He said: “I think it’s fantastic to have such a high-level tournament in Plymouth.
“It’s the first one we’ve had since I’ve been playing, certainly.”
Wetherill, who has been training and studying at Sheffield, said: “Every time I come down here to Plymouth, there seems to have been an increase in participation in table tennis.
“I hope what I’ve done has had something to do with that.”
Three categories are being run during the tournament – the main competition, a women’s competition and a veterans’ event.
Play begins on the Friday with qualifying groups, with the finals being held on the following day.
Woolwell have put up a substantial amount of prize money for the winners.
The winner of the main event will pocket £1,000, with the runner-up taking home £400, and the third-placed player £250.
Even the fourth-placed competitor wins £150, with quarter-finalists getting £100.
Winner of the women’s competition gets £500, while the veteran champ will receive £150.
Woolwell, who are now based at Eggbuckland Community College, originally launched the tournament to help get table tennis on the map in the Plymouth. They also have plans for a regional table tennis centre at the college.