“The Lignano Master Open in Italy last week was my first international since Rio and it gave me a chance to compare where I am at the moment with the rest of the top players in the world. It was really nice to be competing again and good to know that I can come back from Rio and keep a similar amount of motivation. It was good to get a win against the Belgian player Marc Ledoux as he is a good player and was playing really well so that was a good test for me. I won all my group matches and got through to last 16 where I lost to a French player. He is an awkward player but I didn’t play as well as I could have done. I just let him take over and didn’t go in with a good game plan.
“I’ve taken the loss as a positive and more motivation for training so I think the loss will have done me good. The standard of Para table tennis is so high now and anyone you play in the top 20 or 30 in the world can challenge you.
“When I came back from Italy I had a couple of days off from training so I went home to Kent and took the opportunity to visit Laleham Gap Primary and Secondary School near Margate. It is a lovely school and it was nice to see them getting support from Sport England to bring table tennis into the school. It was nice to see so many children taking part and enjoying the sport.
“I think it is incredibly important to do things like that. When I was growing up I looked up to people who came to my club or school and inspired me to take up sport. I hope that I can do something similar for those children and I hope that they have fun doing it as well.
“It’s back to training now. I’ll be changing my training programme so I can spend longer on the table and less time in the gym and I hope that it can have a positive effect on my performance which will help me to have better results in my next international competitions in Slovenia and Slovakia in May.”