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By SITERI NAVUTOVUTO The visit of international and United States table tennis player Kim Gilbert is expected to boost national reps preparing for the Oceania Championships in August. Fiji Table
14 Jun 2013 10:00

By SITERI NAVUTOVUTO

The visit of international and United States table tennis player Kim Gilbert is expected to boost national reps preparing for the Oceania Championships in August.
Fiji Table Tennis Association president Anthony Ho said 48-year- old Gilbert will spend time with the nine-member national Under 15/U18 teams who are currently preparing for the Oceania Cadet qualifications, Oceania Junior Championships, World Junior Circuit events in New Caledonia in August.
She will also feature as a guest speaker for the Women in Sports Workshop starting in Nadi this weekend.
“Fiji Table Tennis had arranged this in conjunction with Kim’s Fiji Tour,” Ho said.
“This will see her conduct clinics, exhibitions, motivational speeches and interviews in Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Sigatoka and Suva culminating at Albert Park during the Olympic Day Fun Run on June 22 and early bird exhibition involving anyone interested at the MHCC foyer on June 23.
Gilbert, who had started her table tennis career at the age of 14, believes that a table tennis player is constantly evolving because there are  an infinite amount of strokes and play patterns and each spin of the ball is different.
“The sport requires the mind and body to work together in speed and unison.
“It is a very difficult sport to master at a high level. It takes at least 10,000 hours of effective training to master the sport.”
“One of my greatest accomplishments was in 1990 winning the gold medal at the US Olympic Festival,” she said.
“It was a 14-hour long day of competition and having a come-from-behind win when you are the underdog makes the win that much sweeter.”




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