PARALYMPIAN Jonathan Paterson relished every moment of London 2012 but admitted disappointment that his cerebral palsy seven-a-side football team could not better the seventh place they secured in Beijing four years ago.
Team GB once again came seventh losing a play-off to Argentina in extra-time.
It followed heavy defeats against Brazil and eventual silver medallists Ukraine before victory in their final group game against the USA.
Cleland lad Paterson said: “We wanted to try and improve on Beijing but ended up seventh.
“It was always going to be a difficult task but disappointing all the same.
“Every team sport that has been involved at the Paralympics for Team GB was not funded and most of the medals were won by the individual sports.
“But we played good football in spells.
“Teams didn’t really break us down in most of the games, it was more individual mistakes which cost us.
“Russia, Ukraine and Iran were tipped to do well and that’s who came away with the medals.”
The 24-year-old started Team GB’s first match against Brazil in front of a full house in the Olympic Park’s Riverbank Arena.
He also was in the starting line-up against Ukraine before coming on as a substitute against both Argentina and the USA.
Despite going down to a 3-0 defeat Paterson savoured the experience of playing Brazil in the tournament’s opening match saying: “The build-up to that game was fantastic and I think there were more fans at the Brazil match than the final.
“It was eagerly anticipated and just unfortunate we never got the result.”
He added: “I was quite disappointed I didn’t start in the win against the USA but all 12 players contributed to victory.
“At times it was frustrating because I didn’t get to play in my favourite position but when I did play I felt I made an impact.
“The Scottish lads in the squad will have learned a lot from this and hopefully can take it into future tournaments.”
Away from the competitive action Paterson attended both the Games’ opening and closing ceremony and was also one of hundreds of British Olympic and Paralympic athletes who took part in a parade through Central London on Monday.
“The overall experience was fantastic,” Paterson enthused.
“We went to the opening ceremony a few days before the Brazil game. We were last to come into the stadium but the buzz was great and the atmosphere brilliant. It will be good to go home and actually watch the spectacle on TV because you don’t get to see everything that goes on when you are there.
“I actually didn’t think the closing ceremony of the Olympics was that good but we were not complaining on Sunday at the Paralympics closing because the acts were great and included Rihanna, Coldplay and Jay-Z.”
Paterson will now hot-foot it to his cousin’s wedding in Malta today (Thursday) and admits he is looking forward to a rest from Paralympic fever.
He said: “It has been a long journey since we met up for our holding camp nearly a month ago and it will be good to get some downtime.
“I had a foot injury at the start of the year and I am going to get that assessed again when I get back before getting back into things.”