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Never Too Late to Start, International Appearance After Only Two Years Practice
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Jenny Beck playing in an international tournament only two years after starting practising  Photo By: Richard Xue


A first international tournament and for Jenny Beck there is every possibility that she may well gain a place in the semi-finals.

After the morning session of play in the Women’s Singles Class 6-10 event at the Mike Dempsey Memorial Para Table Tennis Tournament in San Diego on Thursday 29th November 2012, she had one win and one defeat against her name.

In her opening contest she suffered a reverse against Canada’s Stephanie Chan (11-8, 11-3, 14-12) but then recovered to overcome Kenya’s Ruth Mueni Nzioka (11-1, 11-2, 11-3).

One match remains the first phase of proceedings.

Players who finish in first and second places in each of the two groups progress to the penultimate round.

Started Two Years Ago
It is a noteworthy start for the petite young lady from Portland in Oregon, whose appearance belies her age and who performance belies her experience.

The looks of a teenager, 33 year old Jenny Beck, started to play table tennis only two years ago. How many players start at the age of 31 years and two years later are playing in an international competition!

Friend Played
“My friend played and suggested I tried”, smiled Jenny Beck. “I’d never really done anything before that; no sport nothing.”

Jenny Beck is an accountant and she had attended all four days of the Training Camp which Stellan Bengtsson had led; he sat courtside thoroughly approving the efforts of his charge.”

“In my first match I didn’t move that well and I could not move her out of position”, reflected Jenny Beck who has been assessed as a Class 9 player and is most willing to learn.

Enjoyed Training Camp
“I really enjoyed the Training Camp, everybody was very friendly and the coaches helped me a great deal”, continued Jenny Beck. “I learned a great deal about how I need to improve my technical skills.”

Willing to learn, she is also very determined.

“Never give up”, she concluded with a smile on her face; a splendid attitude and in her first ever international tournament a more than satisfactory start, an opportunity for a semi-final place awaits.

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