Dave Wetherill paralympian visits Eggbuckland

Dave Weatherill visited Eggbuckland Community College this week for a master class with eager students.

Paralympian table tennis player David Wetherill gave the students a demonstration before opening the floor to a question and answer session.

David, who originally comes from Torpoint, will be representing Great Britain in the London 2012 Paralympics.

The 22-year-old, who is ranked seventh in the world, is a strong contender for a medal having narrowly missed out on a semi-final place in Beijing in 2008.

David, who has been playing table tennis since he was 10 years old, gave a demonstration of his skills to Year 9, 10 and 11 students. He even took on one of Eggbuckland's PE teachers, Mr Jamie Salter, in an exhibition set.

Megan Stedman, a Year 9 pupil, said: "I couldn't believe how fast the ball went and how he managed to hit the table every time."

Year 7 students were then able to take part in a coaching session with David and South West Coaching officer, Paul Whiting.

Graham Pearson, curriculum leader of PE, said: "David spent time discussing his preparations for London 2012 with groups wanting to find out just what it takes to become a top athlete.

"Realising that it took five hours of training a day, much of it in a gym, came as a surprise to many."

Table tennis is an extremely popular sport at Eggbuckland, especially as the college hosts the prestigious Woolwell Table Tennis Club.

Yesterday the college was also hosting the South West School Table Tennis Championships.

More than 250 young people from across the region took part in the event.

Each of the category winners will go on to represent Devon at the national finals in Doncaster in April. 

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