I started playing table tennis in grade 8 around 14 years old.
I became interested in the sport when a friend who played table tennis suggested that I try it myself. I was skeptical since I had previously played tennis and badminton and did not consider table tennis to be a sport. But I’ve been in love with the sport from the first time I tried it. I didn’t start focusing entirely on table tennis until grade 10. I used to participate in every sport at my school, including basketball, cricket, badminton, track, and even table tennis. I would just practice and compete in tournaments on occasion, and I wasn’t really serious about it; I simply mentioned table tennis as another activity I like. Additionally, others told me I began the sport too late to be any good, so I was scared to commit full-time to it.
It wasn’t until I met my current coach Eugene Wang towards the end of 2019 that I began to take the sport seriously and devote all of my attention to it.
He taught me a lot about the sport and opened my eyes to a lot of things, and I’m grateful to have had him as my coach. Since then, I’ve just played table tennis and have given up on all other sports. I had the pleasure of meeting Hongtao Chen about the same time. I don’t know where I would be in this sport without Eugene and Hongtao as my coaches, and they are a crucial factor for my success and progress. True North TTC, a Eugene and Hongtaos club, has accepted me as a member.
Currently I don’t have any plans to go to do school as of right now but I do plan on pursuing Nanotechnology and do have a few schools interested.
I currently have no plans to attend school, but I do want to pursue Nanotechnology and have received attention from a few places.
I don’t feel I’ve had any major achievements in my career yet since I’ve only been in this sport for a short time. Yet, if I had to mention one thing, it would be the fact that I was able to represent Canada in the Pan American Junior Championships in 2022, which was a fantastic experience. I was also able to achieve strong success in various American events outside of Canada. In the Joola World Championships 2022, I finished second in both U19 boys and college men’s singles. In addition, I won men’s singles for Ontario, qualified for the Canada Winter Games, and finished third in doubles at the US Open 2022 alongside Gina.
My current table tennis objective is to keep improving and being the greatest player I can be. I have other objectives in mind, but for the time being I will keep them to myself and work hard to achieve them. I will continue to work hard in silence in order to develop and improve.
We’ll see where I am at the end of 2023. At the end of the year, we’ll see who put in the most hours and worked the hardest. We’ll see whether I put forth the effort. The only way to know is to wait and see.
Whoever sweats the most in training, bleeds the least in battle.