A boy amongst men
Bay Roberts teenager earns spot on NL table tennis squad
Bay Roberts’ Nick Hiscock will be completing a dream in a couple of weeks when he suits up in the men’s division of the Atlantic Table Tennis Championships in Paradise on May 9. Hiscock has long been a force at the junior level and will now look to leave his mark in the mens’ bracket.
When the Atlantic Table Tennis Championships kick off next month in Paradise, it will be the completion of a dream for Nick Hiscock.
The 18-year-old Bay Roberts resident is set to represent this province as a member of the men’s team for the first time.
“I’ve wanted to play on the men’s team and represent my province for the last couple of years,” said Nick. “Atlantics is what I wanted to play and I was finally able to make the senior team.”
The prodigal table tennis player earned the right to realize his dream after defeating fellow Bay Roberts player Adam Drover in the final of the Newfoundland Closed event. The victory marked the final step in achieving his goal. In previous years, Nick has finished third and reached the quarterfinal and semi-final rounds before finally breaking through this year.
Nick said “it feels perfect” to win the tournament and be named the Newfoundland champion.
“This is probably the third or fourth year that I’ve been saying that I’m going to win it and I’ve come up a bit short,” he said. “I’d been edging closer and I figured this could be the year.” Hiscock has competed at the Canada Games, international events and Atlantic championships in the past. He has been ranked as high as No. 1 in his age group amongst the Atlantic provinces.
The Atlantic tournament is set for May 9 and Nick is impatiently awaiting his first match.
“If it was happening tomorrow, I’d be ready to play,” he said. “I remember telling my dad in September that I can’t wait until provincials get here and I want to play on the men’s team.
“Over the past year, I’ve been to the most tournaments I’ve ever been to … and competed with players I’ve never played before. I’ve proven to myself that I can step up to the challenge and perform for my team.” Playing his father Getting to the championship round meant a semifinal showdown with his father Jerry.
“It was tense,” said Nick. “I figured whoever won the first game would win the match.”
He was prophetic with that assessment, as Nick took a marathon first game 22-20 and went on to win the match.
The pressure of competing at the men’s level is something Nick has been hearing about for quite a while. It is something his dad told him to prepare for.
To his credit, Nick recognizes the pressure that comes with playing amongst men, but it is something he has been doing for years.
“It’s going to be a good challenge,” he said.
Playing at the men’s level will undoubtedly be the highlight on May 9 when Nick has his first match. But, he doesn’t want to stop there.
“It’d be great to win on home soil,” he said.
Over the past year, I’ve been to the most tournaments I’ve ever been to … and competed with players I’ve never played before. I’ve proven to myself that I can step up to the challenge and perform for my team.
Nick Hiscock will compete at the Atlantic Table Tennis Championships in Paradise next month.