All in the family
The Hiscock family keeps table tennis in house
The members of Hiscock family in Bay Roberts know a thing or two about table tennis.
In fact, it would not be a stretch to call them the first family of table tennis in the Conception Bay North region.
Each of three male members of the household — father Jerry, 15year-old Nick and 11-year-old Michael — have excelled at provincial tournaments over the past number of years. Even mother Nicole dabbled in the sport in years past.
Jerry’s brother Adam is also an exceptional player in his own right.
While they currently do not have a table set up in their basement, the three, especially Jerry and Nick, will try and get a couple of rounds in around the table set up in family friend, Adam Drover’s basement, during the week.
“I play everyday said Nick.
At the Newfoundland Closed event, held in Carbonear on April 13, each Hiscock male had success.
Michael was the busiest of the trio, bringing home a basketfull of medals. The youngest Hiscock grabbed first in the D singles division, and the male under-13 division. Michael, along with his partner Joel Greenham, also finished second in the C division doubles.
Nick was the top player in the male under-18 division and along with Drover, finished first in the championship of male doubles tourney.
Jerry took home the male under40 title and had a second place finish in the singles portion of the male A division.
With such an impressive showing, all three will be travelling to the 2013 Table Tennis Atlantic in Canning, NS on May 17-18 as a part of the contingent of players from Newfoundland and Labrador. Two — Jerry and Nick — are on the Team NL, while Michael will be travelling with his family and will be playing, just not with Team NL. “It’s always fun,” said Jerry. It will not be the first time all three have represented their province at the tournament. They’ve each gone the past three years, including last year’s tournament in Bay Roberts.
“Nick is going to win under-18 this year, aren’t you?” said Jerry, turning to his eldest son.
“Yeah, I’m going up confident this year,” Nick chuckled.
Getting to the tourney
Michael knows how he would like his family to travel to the tournament. He wants to drive.
“I want to go on the boat,” he told The Compass.
Jerry thinks he just wants to miss a little bit more school at Amalgamated Academy.
Jerry instilled the skill to excel at table tennis at an early age. Nick began when he was 13, and Michael when he was eight.
“I remember I used to play (Nick) with a book,” said Jerry.
“And use your left hand,” added Nick. Jerry plays right-handed. While Jerry used to take most matches from the middle Hiscock male, the tables have turned now. Nick is the No. 1 under-18 male player in Newfoundland.
“Now, I can beat him once in awhile,” he said.
Michael has shown some impressive development since he first picked up a paddle.
He is currently the No. 1 ranked male player in the under-13 division.
Michael has even managed to take a couple of games off his older brother.
“We keep it all in the family,” said Jerry.
The fourth member
Nicole Hiscock will be the fourth member of the Hiscock clan making the trip to Nova Scotia this month.
She will be there to cheer on all three as they aim for success at the tournament, and she does not mind chasing them around to the tournaments. “I love it,” said Nicole. However, the most stressful part of the tourney will be finding a way to watch each of the Hiscock men.
“It usually happens that they are all playing at the same time,” she said.
The Hiscock family of Bay Roberts are really good at table tennis. Michael (left), Jerry (centre) and Nick have excelled provincially, and each will be competing at the 2013 Table Tennis Atlantic Championships in Canning, NS on May 17-18.