Exmouth's David happy with Paralympic result
PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 September 2016
An Exmouth athlete says he is 'proud' to have returned to the Paralympic Games, 12 years after making his debut.
David Hill, 27, competed in the PT4 Paratriathlon event in Rio, finishing 10th.
Born without a left hand and forearm, he previously competed as a swimmer in Athens in 2004, aged just 15, before switching to paratriathlon in 2013.
Describing the race on Copacabana beach, he said: “It was very tough racing conditions, with a choppy swim and a hot day, and I can’t lie and say I enjoyed it, but I am overwhelming happy to have finished at the Paralympic Games in the top 10 best athletes in the world. It’s been a great experience and the people of Rio put on an amazing show.”
David said his achievement was even greater having fought back from injury to qualify.
He said: “It was a very tough road to Rio, and definitely the hardest year of my life. This time last year it was looking doubtful that I would be in any form to qualify and compete in the Paralympics, battling with injury and a tediously long rehabilitation programme.
“All this makes me so especially proud to have had the honour to compete and be a part of this highly successful Great Britain team.”
David says he will now take time out to decide on his next move.
He said: “Another four years of blood, sweat and tears is over and another Olympic cycle elapses. And, at this time, I also reflect on the last 12 years and the entirety of my time within elite sport.
“Many athletes will be in the same position as me now, being unsure about the future. One thing is for sure, I will be taking some time out now to rest and recover and particularly share my experiences with family before setting some new goals.”