Budiarto brings talent to table
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.