HINSE Pierre-Luc < Back  
Sport Table Tennis
CGA Canada   
Gender Men
Born 07 Sep 1987 in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, CAN
Height1.75 m
Weight 73 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Gatineau, QC, CAN
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, French
Higher education Anthropology - University of Ottawa: Ottawa, ON, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing when he was nine.
Why this sport? His dad bought a table that went in the basement and he began playing with his friends.
Club / Team National Table Tennis Centre: Canada
Name of coach Duan Yongjun [national]
Training Regime He trains twice a day, between two hours and half to three hours each time. Eleven training sessions per week.
General Interest
Hobbies He enjoys watching movies, listening to music and meditating, using the computer, reading, going out with friends. (canada.com, 12 Jun 2012)
Hero / Idol Mohandas Karamchand [Mahatma] Gandhi. (canada.com, 12 Jun 2012)
Ambitions To win a few games against good players at London 2012 Olympic Games. (lapresse.ca, 08 May 2012)
Other information INTERNET SENSATION
A video of him returning a shot in competition in which he dives along the side of the table has been watched over 140,000 times on YouTube. "I'll go to a championship and players will say, ‘I saw your shot. It was unbelievable'. It was a lucky shot - like, I'm lucky I played it and it was filmed, because many players make unbelievable shots and it's not filmed. When I saw mine, I told my friend, ‘Can you put this on YouTube?'" (thestar.com, 21 Apr 2012)

He missed out on making the Canadian Olympic team for Beijing 2008 after losing by a single point, and this experience was in the forefront of his mind as he attempted to qualify for London. "My arm was shaking on my last service. I was so nervous. I knew what that meant. I did not want to miss the ball." (lapresse.ca, 23 Apr 2012)