Paralympian David Wetherill becomes internet sensation

David Wetherill graduated from the University of Sheffield this year (2012) with a degree in Biochemistry. After competing for ParalympicsGB in Bejing in 2008 and reaching the final eight, knocking out the reigning champion on the way, David went on to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Games.

David Wetherill

David’s opponent, German Thomasz Kusiak, proved tough competition in the Class 6 match at the Excel arena on 31 August 2012.

However, David produced arguably the best shot ever in Paralympics table tennis history when he dived at full-stretch to reach the ball in a crucial moment during the fourth set.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be David’s day as Kusiak beat the world number five by three sets to one. The clip of David’s amazing shot however, made him an internet sensation and has now been watched by over six million people worldwide.

David was a recipient of the University’s Elite Sport Performance Scheme (ESPS) scholarship in 2011, enabling him to access better training and fund essential equipment to help him train for the competition.

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To see the clip of David at the Paralympics watch the YouTube video