Table Tennis Commonwealth Debutants Hopeful

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Lalma Sifi competing at last year's Pacific Mini Games

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Table tennis duos Lalma Sifi and Gary Edward Nuopala will be competing at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, as both are expecting a rather tough challenge representing Solomon Islands at the international stage.

Solomon Islands Table Tennis Federation (SITTF) identified both athletes for this year’s international outing following their impressive performances during last year’s Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu.

“I’m looking forward for a great experience as this is my first time to compete at the Commonwealth Games,” Gary told RAW SPORTS.

The 28 year old last year at the Mini Games managed to reach the round 12 of competition closer to the quarter final stages.

Gary Nuopala competing last year at the Mini Games

“From the Mini Games my trainings were consistent building up to this year’s event. I’m improving on my footwork and services preparing myself to compete and perform to my best.

Likewise, 21 years old Lalma is hoping to get a taste of what it is like, competing in a much higher level of competition.

“It’s going to be tough for me, compared to my level and other international players at the Commonwealth.

“I’m ready and confident. I’ll try my best to play with the skills I have despite the standard of the sport here in the country,” she said.

She added that it will be a brand new experience for her, as she is determined.

The two athletes will be competing in the single and mix category.

SITTF President and coach, Aldrin Bekala said that both athletes were the best so far in the indoor sport.

“We are confident in them, and having them to compete at the international level will help them to share the experience with other locals and for the development of the sport in Solomon Islands.

Table tennis is included in the six sports selected to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, as the duos made up the total of 14 athletes set to depart the country on Sunday 25th.

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