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It is not every day where you come across a family who has represented Fiji in a minor sport, but that is exactly the case for the Yee family. Grace
28 Aug 2014 15:02

It is not every day where you come across a family who has represented Fiji in a minor sport, but that is exactly the case for the Yee family.

Grace Yee, 12, is the latest member of her family to represent Fiji and this time in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Cadet Challenge in Barbados. She will represent Fiji and the Oceania.

“This was a surprise for me because I have always wanted to participate in a major competition and now I have a chance to do that and represent Fiji.” she said.

Yee is the younger sister of the national Under-15, U18 and U21girls champion for the Oceania Championships and 2013 Oceania Talent team member Sally Yee.

“I have always been interested in table tennis because my mum and sister play as well. I started playing when I was nine years old and I have loved it ever since.” Yee said.

Grace claimed her spot in the ITTF World Cadet Challenge after beating her sister, Sally, in the grand final of the Oceania Cadet qualification in the Cook Islands early this year.

She finished fourth and will be travelling along with players from New Zealand, Australia and New Caledonia. The Vishnu Deo Primary School student said she intended to go far with this sport and hopefully make it a career.

“I want to be a champion and I want to travel and represent Fiji and be the best.”

Her mum, Harvi Yee has also represented Fiji in the Oceania Table Tennis Championships with her daughter Sally in Bendigo, Australia and she said she was very proud of Grace.

Grace will be travelling with 15-year-old Vincent Wu; they leave for the United States on October 17 for high performance training and the ITTF World Cadet Challenge in Barbados from October 23 to November 1.

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