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Departing pro gives community members ping pong lessons

NMI’S top table tennis player, Jean Shi spent time teaching members of the community including children basic ping pong lessons before leaving the island last week.

Shi who led an NMI team to win the championship title in the women’s table tennis event of the Micronesian Games in 2006, is leaving Saipan to join her family in California.

She wanted to play ping pong one last time with members of Saipan community as her way of expressing her gratitude.

Shi shared some skills to the kids and some community members at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym on Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

She showed them the proper service both long and short, returns, service, top spin, side spin, back spin and some table tennis standard rules and regulations.

Jean Shi, fourth left, is joined by her friends during her farewell Ping Pong Touch at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym on Wednesday last week.  Contributed photoJean Shi, fourth left, is joined by her friends during her farewell Ping Pong Touch at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym on Wednesday last week. Contributed photo

Everyone enjoyed a lot as they were also provided with ping pong paddles and balls.

CNMI Tennis Association’s Budhi Gurung said he and Shi practiced for about 20 minutes and lot of people were watching the game.

Afterwards, they gathered for group pictures. Many of them are the island’s ping pong players.

“Let us wait and see. Still two more years to go for South Pacific Mini Games that Saipan will host. We will have an ample time to train the young ones both boys and girls (five members each team) and Jean promised that she would come back to Saipan to compete the Table Tennis Tournament if it is included in SPG mini Game,” Gurung said adding that the strong teams are New Calodenia, Tahiti and Fiji both boys and girls.

In the states, Shi will also join a professional team for regular practice.