29 May 2017

New Zealand's Matthew Hetherington is wearing a lot of hats.

by Wade Townsend

Matthew Hetherington eats, sleeps and breathes table tennis.

From June 2016, Hetherington has been the Digital and Social Media Manager for USA Table Tennis.

“I’ve been there for almost a year and the role has expanded since taking on the job. It’s been growing fast and we’ve taken on a lot more staff.” Matthew Hetherington

That’s his full time job, then he has a lot of part time table tennis ventures.

“I’m coaching at Lily Yip Table Tennis Center. I try to support the club as much as I can.” Matthew Hetherington

And then when possible, he makes a little time on the court for himself.

“Then I try to play. It moves up and down in my list of priorities. Before a big event it moves up. Before the World Championships I was in the Czech Republic training four hours a day. But of course I was still working while there.” Matthew Hetherington

At the Liebherr 2017 World Table Tennis Championships first and foremost he’s a player. Unfortunately this morning Hetherington lost his opening group match in Düsseldorf.

“It was difficult out there. I practiced this morning but the bounce is different; I keep expecting the ball to be higher and it drops on me. I have to face the top player in the group in the next match so I’m going to knuckle down and stay closer to the table. It’s my chance to launch a devastating attack!” Matthew Hetherington

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