Keshmika is SA’s top table tennis player

Keshmika Sivnarain

Keshmika, a Grade 12 learner at Raisethorpe Secondary School, was placed first in the team event, first in the doubles and third in the mixed doubles at the recent international tournament.
Her path to success in table tennis began years ago when a teacher convinced her to participate in a school competition. After winning the competition, Keshmika has never looked back constantly adding to a growing list of accolades.
Playing table tennis, she said, was one of her favourite past-times and though time-consuming allowed her to focus and stay on track.
“It can be difficult because I am away from school a lot. Sometimes I manage to include my schooling and gym into my hectic schedule. I have since represented South Africa six times and was ranked sixth in Africa in the open division for females in Tunisia,” said Keshmika.
Speaking on her various mentors throughout her table tennis journey, Keshmika said that had it not been for her first coach and family she would not be where she is today.
“At a tournament I was spotted by Coach Morgan Govindasamy who trained me and helped me out a lot. My brother plays with me and helps me train. My parents have been my motivation when things get tough,” said Keshmika.
Through table tennis, Keshmika said that she has been able
to see many places in the world including Sweden, Mauritius, Algeria, Botswana, Tunisia and all nine provinces in South Africa.
“It’s been an amazing journey and I would like to thank the Department of Sports and Recreation, Elite Athlete Development Programme, the Umgungundlovu Table Tennis Association and my school for all their support,” said Keshmika

Byrone Athman

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