Advisory firm LCP Consulting has committed its support to the Rio 2016 bid of UK Paralympic table tennis star David Wetherill – for which he recently qualified.
Multiple epiphyseal dysplasia is a genetic skeletal disorder. The disorder affects the ends of bones by disrupting their normal elongation throughout childhood and young adulthood. Many of those afflicted are somewhat shorted than normal in stature, and have shorted limbs in relation to their trunks. Movement is frequently limited within major joins, particularly the elbows and hips.
One of those affected by the genetic disorder is David Wetherill, having undergone numerous operations as a child to support the growth of his limbs. In an outing of his competitive spirt, Wetherill took up table tennis at the age of ten. The sport, which can be played without too many limitations, drove Wetherill to stay fit and healthy and has certainly helped him overcome some of the physical problems wrought by the disorder. His competitive spirit has seen him become highly successful at the sport, picking up a bronze medal in the singles and a silver medal in the team event at the 2015 European Championships, as well as having taken part in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games and the 2012 GB Paralympic Games. He currently ranks 6th in the world, and has qualified for Rio 2016.
It was recently announced that LCP Consulting will sponsor Wetherill’s 2016 Rio campaign, where he represents ParalympicsGB. The consulting firm has sponsored Wetherill since he spoke at the company’s Executive Seminar at Trinity House in 2012. As part of the relationship, LCP provides for Wetherill’s tennis bat and playing shirt; and helps fund his general travel expenses, allowing Wetherill to compete in various international tournaments in preparation for the Rio bid later this year.
Julian Mosquera, Director at LCP Consulting remarks that the firm "feels very privileged” to have had the opportunity to support Wetherill over the past 3 years. The firm is said to be “delighted” that they have supported his selection. Adding: “He is a really exciting prospect … and our message to David and all the athletes competing in RIO 2016 is, “enjoy the moment, you’ve worked exceptionally hard to get there; do yourselves and your country proud.”
Wetherill comments that his selection for the Paralympic Games “means everything to me.” Adding that: “I am forever grateful for the support of the local community; it has been amazing and I wouldn't be in the position I find myself in without the help and support of a number of people and business’s such as LCP Consulting. I want to repay their faith in me with a good performance in Rio.”