Ta­ble Ten­nis ‘Our Life’

Fiji Sun - - WORLD NEWS - Photo: File Edited by Osea Bola Feed­back: sere­ana.salalo@fi­jisun.com.fj SERE­ANA SALALO SUVA

Harvi Yee thought be­ing mar­ried and look­ing af­ter two beau­ti­ful daugh­ters would be what she will be do­ing all her life.

But her life started right then.

She started play­ing ta­ble ten­nis at 27 years old and it has be­come her life now.

Turn­ing 41 tomorrow, the Rabi na­tive has grown to love this game. It is a big part of the Yee fam­ily. She re­mains as one of Fiji’s top four fe­male play­ers.

She is cur­rently in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of ta­ble ten­nis. She runs coach­ing clin­ics in pri­mary and sec­ondary schools, spe­cial schools, or­gan­i­sa­tions and at the Na­tional Ta­ble Ten­nis cen­tre. Be­sides be­ing a de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer and coach, she as­sists in the com­mu­ni­ca­tions and man­age­ment of Team Fiji in lo­cal, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional cham­pi­onships.

She has been work­ing for the Fiji Ta­ble Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion for the past eight years.

Yee holds a Level 1 Ocea­nia coach­ing cer­tifi­cate from the In­ter­na­tional Ta­ble Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (ITTF). She is also a coach for Para Ta­ble Ten­nis.

The mother of two also as­sists in coach­ing her daugh­ters, Sally and Grace Yee.

Both are na­tional reps and are vy­ing for an Olympic spot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games next year in July.

“Sports bring me closer to my daugh­ters who play the same sport,” she said.

“I am so proud of them be­com­ing am­bas­sadors of the sport, best friends and we train and travel to­gether,” she added.

“Our con­nec­tion and bond­ing is very strong and as well as my fam­ily. This sport is part of our daily lives.”

The ex­pe­ri­enced coach said ta­ble ten­nis has not only taught her life lessons but it is also a stress reliever.

“I started late as a player, it was af­ter I got mar­ried and had my two daugh­ters,” she said.

“The good thing about this sport, it is never too late to learn or play. “You pick up your ta­ble ten­nis bat, start hit­ting a few balls and for a cou­ple of hours you for­get all about your wor­ries.

“The sport teaches me a lot through work­ing with peo­ple and peo­ple with different dis­abil­i­ties.” Yee added.

The best thing she loves about her work is be­ing able to share her ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge to those who are keen to learn. En­cour­ag­ing young women in sports teaches her the value of hard work.

“Don’t look down at your­self as a woman, you can do any­thing, it is achiev­able through com­mit­ment and sac­ri­fice,” Yee said.

“I be­came a team­mate and leader who earned re­spect and em­pow­ered oth­ers.

“I made last­ing friend­ships with other sports coaches and play­ers lo­cally and around the world.

“And I cer­tainly wouldn’t be in the po­si­tion I’m in with­out them.

“My whole fam­ily plays this sport and they are so pas­sion­ate about it.”

From left: Harvi Yee with her daugh­ters Grace, Sally Yee (right) and An­thony Ho (head coach) at the Kor­man Sta­dium in Port Vila, Van­u­atu, on De­cem­ber 4, 2017.

Photo: ABC - Aaron Kear­ney

Fiji Ta­ble Ten­nis na­tional de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer/coach, Harvi Yee, as­sists a para ta­ble ten­nis player.

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