Pupil shines at international competition

2016-01-07 06:00
Emily West proudly holds her table tennis bat after success at the International Table Tennis Association for people with Down Syndrome World Table Tennis Championships. Photo: supplied

Emily West proudly holds her table tennis bat after success at the International Table Tennis Association for people with Down Syndrome World Table Tennis Championships. Photo: supplied

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SUNFIELD Home School pupil Emily West has set her sights on Paralympic Games in Rio next year after success at the first International Table Tennis Association for people with Down Syndrome World Table Tennis Championships in Bloemfontein recently.

West was part of the team that finished second in the team standings of the competition which has left the 22-year-old ecstatic with their achievements at international level.

"This entire experience has already gone far beyond my expectations," said West.
"The competition was very difficult, especially since I never played at that level of competition before."

West said the experience was amazing, especially meeting fellow athletes in the sport from around the world.

West said she got involved in the sport through her school which has a table tennis programme in place for pupils with down syndrome. She thanked her coaches, mother, caregivers and friends from Sunfield Home School for their support and encouragement.

"I would like to go on to represent my country at the Paralympic Games in Rio next year," said West.
"It was an absolutely incredible experience to be part of the national team for this event and I will be working even harder in the future to see myself progress even further."

West urged other pupils to not give up on their dreams and aspirations.

"It is never too late to reach one’s goals, anything is possible through hard work and determination," said West.



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