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Sport Table Tennis
CGA Northern Ireland   
Gender Women
Born 01 Feb 1983
Height1.62 m
Weight 51 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Belfast, NIR
Occupation Athlete
Languages Chinese, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing when she was seven.
Why this sport? Her mother used to play.
Club / Team Marmande: Marmande, FRA
Name of coach Alan Cooke
Coach from which country? Northern Ireland
Training Regime "We use the Sheffield Institute of Sport as our training base. I play two sessions of table tennis every day, but not at the weekend. We also have physical sessions."
International Debut
Year 2010
Competing for Northern Ireland
Tournament Commonwealth Games
Location Delhi
General Interest
Hobbies Watching DVD's, shopping, internet, sleeping. (Athlete, 04 Oct 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the Irish National Championships. (etta.co.uk, 24 Oct 2011)
Hero / Idol Wang Nan. (Athlete, 04 Oct 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto To never give up. (Athlete, 04 Oct 2010)
Awards and honours At London 2012 she will be the first table tennis player from Northern Ireland to compete in the Olympic Games. (bbc.co.uk, 17 Oct 2011)
Ambitions "It has always been my dream to play in the Olympic Games and this has given me the drive and ambition to put 110 percent into achieving this goal. Competing at the Olympics will be the pinnacle of my career." (etta.co.uk, 24 Oct 2011)
Other information CITIZENSHIP
Having grown up in China, she first went to Northern Ireland in 2000 to play in a tournament, and came back the following year to coach. She made it her home and obtained British citizenship in 2008. "I came back in 2001 to coach in schools and clubs. I was also learning English. I really liked it here in Northern Ireland. It was very different from my home on mainland China. Initially the standard was not very high and there weren't that many schools involved, but after ten years we have many more people playing table tennis. Ulster hadn't won the Junior Inter Pros for some time, but within two or three years of my arrival, we began to win and that showed the progress that we were making." (culturenorthernireland.org, 21 May 2012)