Bu­di­arto brings tal­ent to ta­ble

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

EVER since she was a baby Jac­que­line Bu­di­arto has watched her fa­ther com­pete in ta­ble ten­nis com­pe­ti­tions in Indonesia and Aus­tralia.

At age five she took up the sport in her own right and has just re­turned from the 2017 Aus­tralian Ju­nior Ta­ble Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship in Ho­bart where she played in the WA U18 team that bagged a gold medal.

The 14-year-old Fre­man­tle Ta­ble Ten­nis Club mem­ber is ranked 14th in Aus­tralia for U15 girls and is one of the State’s top ju­nior U15 girl play­ers.

Her fa­ther, Ir­wan Bu­di­arto, who coaches and men­tors his daugh­ter, be­lieves her in­ter­est in the sport stems from watch­ing him com­pete in ta­ble ten­nis games when she was young.

Jac­que­line’s goal is to one day com­pete in the Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onship, the Com­mon­wealth Games and the Olympic Games.

“We be­lieve she’s ca­pa­ble and with her strong will, she will achieve her dream,” Mr Bu­di­arto said.

“She’s a very ded­i­cated player and trains hard and never gives up in any sit­u­a­tion.

“She al­ways shows fair­ness in her matches and sports­man­ship.”

In ad­di­tion to the twice-weekly train­ing ses­sions with her dad, Jac­que­line does group train­ing once a week, plays pen­nants dur­ing week nights af­ter school and on week­ends com­petes in the WA Open Ta­ble Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships.

Mr Bu­di­arto said to be a good ta­ble ten­nis player re­quired full con­cen­tra­tion, per­fect tim­ing, re­flexes, great foot work and co-or­di­na­tion be­tween hands and feet, aware­ness and emo­tion con­trol.

“To be a ta­ble ten­nis player you must have a pas­sion for the game. And, the most im­por­tant things are an un­der­stand­ing of the game it­self, game strate­gies and game plan,” he added.

Jac­que­line Bu­di­arto took home a gold medal from the 2017 Aus­tralian Ju­nior Ta­ble Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship.

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