Some life lessons that playing TT taught these sportspersons
"Table Tennis is like an atom…. To the dedicated, it is intricate in design and the building block to everything we know."
- Matt Hetherington, Table tennis coach
Most youngsters would agree that Table Tennis (TT) is the building block to their entire college life at least, for few sports hold as universal an appeal on campus as this game.
Seldom is the college TT table vacant. Rallies and deuces have broken and forged many a friendship; classes have been bunked in favour of ongoing tournaments; and the journey from freshman to graduate has been spent trying to perfect the loop. On World Table Tennis Day, ABP Education brings to you some smash hits from campus.
Swaraj Bose, a second-year Masters student of Data Science at Chennai Mathematical Institute
Learned to play at: A club called Kishore Mahal in Kolkata.
Achievements: “In 2010, I won a silver medal in the West Bengal Table Tennis Association (WBTTA) championships in the Cadet Boys Category. In 2014, I won a bronze medal in the Junior Boys Category. Apart from that, I won numerous school events and represented my college team at various tournaments.”
What TT taught me: “Hard work and perseverance always pays off. Also, it will not always be your day, so accept defeat graciously.”
Idols: Timo Boll (Germany) and Sharath Kamal (India).
Arpit Bhattacharya, a third-year student of Fashion Communication at NIFT Bengaluru
Learned to play at: Cricket Club of Dhakuria and Garfa Chhatra Sangha. Coached by Subhashishwar Gupta, a former National Champion and Veteran's Champion.
Achievements: “I played the East-Zone CBSE Cluster in 2012 representing South Point School, and won Silver in the Under-14 Boys Singles Category. This qualified me for the CBSE Nationals in Solan, Himachal Pradesh, where I lost to a player from Kuwait in the Quarter-finals. I currently play for my college team and have won one gold, two silvers and one bronze in the Annual Inter-NIFT Championship played among 16 campuses.”
What TT taught me: “There's no point dwelling on lost points, just don't repeat the same mistakes.”
Idol: Sharath Kamal
Aatrayee Chatterjee, a final-year Masters student in International Studies and History at Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru
Learned to play at: B.P. Sporting Club, Chandannagar.
Achievements: “I represented West Bengal in Women's Nationals under Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan in 2014 and 2015, securing a bronze medal in 2014. I was also the Youth State Champion in 2019, in an event organised by WBTTA.”
What TT taught me: “You have to be true to yourself and keep working hard until you reach your goal.”
Idols: Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany) and Timo Boll.
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