When Andy Chia came to Singapore to take up a position at National University of Singapore as a research fellow, the table tennis enthusiast found out to his chagrin that there were limited tournaments he could register for.
Hence, when he chanced upon ActiveSG's Table Tennis Sports Challenge 2015 and realised he was eligible for the tournament, the New Zealander native quickly signed up for the Men's and Mixed Doubles' categories.
While his journey in the Men's Open was cut short at the quarter-finals, he managed to make up for the disappointment with a good showing in the Mixed Double's.
Andy Chia (second from right), winner of mixed doubles, and his teammate (first from right). (Photo by VoxSports)
Chia’s team were down by two sets and seemingly on the verge of losing out on the title before fighting back to win the next three sets and consequently take home the top prize.
It was an enjoyable experience at the Pasir Ris Sports Centre for Chia, and he hoped that there would be more such of events in the future.
"It was good, the lighting is very good and the sports halls is very nice, and there was a good atmosphere," Chia added.
Men's and Veteran's winner Rafael Soo too applauded the initiative by ActiveSG to host such events, as he believed this will only help budding table tennis players to grow.
Citing his student, Faith Koh (below) - who clinched the Girls' Under 12 silver medal - as an example, Soo went on to explain how such events were crucial in the development of youth players.
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"As a coach, I'll always encourage my students to participate in any competition because the exposure is much better, you become more and more experienced," he said.
"Table tennis is not an easy thing to learn, every player has their own style, so students can try to deal with any kind of style, and there is no other way but to try and participate in all competitions and become experienced with these styles."