On His Way to Olympics, Eleven-Year- Old Makes Grown Men Cry
PIINELLAS COUNTY - With the swiftness of an antelope and the grace of a ballet dancer, eleven-year-old Jonathan Ou of Orlando proved himself ready to play in the adult Championship division at the Orange Blossom Table Tennis Tournament held at Ross Norton Recreation Center. Winning nine of eleven matches, he finished third in that division losing only to more seasoned players in tightly contested matches. This was quite an accomplishment since all of the players in the Championship division are over twenty-five-years old. Everyone was in awe of his playing skills. Typical comments from players he defeated were; “no matter when I hit it, he returned the ball to win the point”, “he just about sees over the table.” “he makes me feel old,” or “in six months I won’t be able to touch him.” Jonathan’s advice to each of his opponents before a match is “don’t get nervous, just play your game!”
Jonathan is a straight-A student. Besides table tennis, he likes to play basketball, soccer and ripstick. Jonathan just turned eleven last month.
The Orange Blossom tour is funded by the Sunrise Table Tennis Club, a 501 3© non profit organization and in partnership with the City of Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department offer a number of low cost programs and tournaments for all ages. For more information visit their web site, www.sunrisetabletennis.com or call Margo The Magnificent at 727-669-0899.
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