Friday, July 10

Karen sets sights on Asian junior meet


Karen (second left) with other winners after the prize presentation during the SEA Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championship in Bangkok, Thailand.

KUCHING: National paddler Karen Lynn Dick will be looking forward to another good performance in the Asian Junior & Cadet Table Tennis Championship which will be held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from Sept 2 to 7.

The 17-year old Sibu-born Karen, who is now studying at Bukit Jalil Sports School in Kuala Lumpur, had an impressive outing at the SEA Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championship in Bangkok, Thailand last month.

She bagged two gold and one silver medals in Bangkok, winning the girls singles medal after beating Goh Rui Xuan of Singapore 4-1 in the final.

She then partnered Tee Ai Xin from Johor to edge the Singapore pair of Goh Rui Xuan and Wong Xin Ru 3-2 in the girls doubles final.

Her silver came from the girls team event where she and teammates Ai Xin, Im Li Ying and Zoe Fong lost 1-3 to the Singapore team.

“I am very happy to collect three medals in this meet and bring honour and glory to Malaysia. Overall, I am quite satisfied with my performance,” she said.

“I would like to thank my coaches, teammates as well as my parents and friends for their support,” added Karen.

Karen has played in one national and five international competitions since March this year.

In the MSSM Table Tennis Championship in Alor Setar, Kedah from March 23 to 28, she won gold medals in the Girls U18 doubles and Girls U18 team events.

This was followed by the Hoang Thach Cup in Haiduong City, Vietnam from March 11 to 14 where she helped the Malaysian team reach the semi-finals but was shown the exit in the round of 16 in the singles event.

At the World TTC in Budapest, Hungary, from March 21 to 28, Karen lost in both the singles and doubles in the preliminary rounds.

She also played in the Thailand Junior & Cadet from May 15 to 19 and the Thailand ITTF Challenge from May 22 to 26 but made early exits in both competitions.

Karen has also secured an automatic ticket along with two other national paddlers Alice Chang Li Sian and Christopher Goh Kho Hian Hui to play for Sarawak in the 56th Malaysia Table Tennis Championship in Melaka from Dec 17 to 21.