Table tennis star heading to Tunisia
PIETERMARITZBURG’S table tennis star Kiara Naidoo is thrilled with the opportunity to improve her technical aspects of the game in Tunisia next month.
This came after the 14-year-old Pietermartizburg Girls’ High pupil bagged gold in the U15 team and singles events at the 2018 SA National School Championships held in Gauteng recently.
Kiara’s exploits at national level saw her being selected by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) High Performance and Development Department to attend an Africa training camp.
The training camp is scheduled to be held at the country’s capital and the largest city, Tunis, from January 3-11.
“Being chosen amongst the best in Africa to attend the ITTF has definitely been a great achievement,” said an excited Kiara.
“I plan on using this training camp to improve the technical aspects of my game and as preparation for the Africa Juniour and Cadet Championships in Ghana and other upcoming tournaments.”
Kiara has participated in the ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championships in Cote de Voire earlier this year, but plans to do one better than she did this year.
“I finished eighth in the competition for singles, won a bronze medal for teams’ events and obtained a ranking of fifth in Africa,” said the Lincoln Meade resident.
The hard working champion, who started playing table tennis at primary school level, said she was confident going to the nationals and she was thrilled that her hard work had paid off.
“I’m always proud and excited to represent my province at the SA National Schools Championships and was more ready to participate this year.
“Since the beginning of the year, my goal was to remain undefeated in my age category, and with hard work and dedication, I managed to achieve it.”
Kiara has also been part of the 2017/ 18 Elite Athlete Development Programme (EADP) with the KZN Department of Sports and Recreation (DSR) and this has allowed her to follow a training schedule which is compiled by a biokineticist.
She said her future plans were to one day participate in the Olympic Games. • [email protected]ness.co.za
Kiara Naidoo (left) with Gauteng director of the Department of Education, Boy Ngobeni.