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Young Olympian To Study In Japan

Fiji’s youngest Olympian Sal­ly Yee is offered a scholar­ship to study in Japan. The scholarship is valued at FJ$60,000 and it caters for her edu­cation, boarding and her table ten­nis
26 Jun 2018 10:00
Young Olympian To Study In Japan
Sally Yee to study and train in Japan. Photo: Fiji Table Tennis Association

Fiji’s youngest Olympian Sal­ly Yee is offered a scholar­ship to study in Japan.

The scholarship is valued at FJ$60,000 and it caters for her edu­cation, boarding and her table ten­nis training training programme in Nagasaki. This is part of her preparation to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The scholarship was announced by Table Tennis technical advisor Anthony Ho at the Fiji Olympic House, Suva, yesterday

Yee is the first in Fiji to receive a substantial long term scholarship that includes a full educational component

Ho said the training that she will be undergoing during her stay in Japan will be a build-up to the upcoming Games that she will be participating in.

“The training in Japan will not only assist her preparation for qualification for the 2020 Olym­pics but also the lead up event in the 2018/ 2019 including the ITTC Oceania Tour- Fiji from Septem­ber 7-9.

“She will also be allowed to at­tend important qualifications and major international/regional competitions hopefully from the other funding she will receive.”

Yee said she is excited with what she has received as it will be a big boost to her young sporting career.

“Not everyone gets this kind of opportunity to go and train with experienced players in other countries.

“I’m grateful that I’m in this scholarship. My training in Japan will surely boost my performance.

“I started training when I was 12, it all started from my parents and they have inspired me to continue playing.”

This year Yee won the women’s singles in the Pacific Cup and to­gether with her sister, Grace they caused the biggest upset at the World Junior Circuit in Cook Is­lands where they defeated players from top Oceania countries.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: nikolau.ravai@fijisun.com.fj



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