23 Apr 2017

Winner of the Girls’ Singles title at the 2015 ITTF World Cadet Challenge in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, Bruna Takahashi has been named the 2017 ITTF Dream Building Ambassador.

The 16 year old from São Paulo, is now an established member of the Brazilian Women’s National Team, her international career having started very much as part of the ITTF World Hopes initiative. Presently on the Under 18 Girls’ World Rankings, she occupies the no.28 spot.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Dream Building is the social responsibility programme of the International Table Tennis Federation; it aims to promote peace and harmony throughout the world, in particular the focus is on developing countries using table tennis as the vehicle to create understanding.

The goal is for young players in such countries to succeed and thus achieve their dream.

“I am very happy to be part of this programme and to be chosen by ITTF, the concept is very helpful to all the athletes and to their careers. It is a very good initiative to disseminate the sport to people who do not have access to the sport.” Bruna Takahashi

Courses of a wide variety are organised as part of the concept in order to establish a firm base for growth.

Bruna Takahashi (far left) was a member of the ITTF World Hopes concept (Photo: courtesy of Dejan Papic)

 

Currently Bruna Takahashi is preparing for the Liebherr 2017 World Championships which start in Düsseldorf on Monday 29th May; the tournament will be a measure of the progress she is making.

However, it is the World Junior Championships later in the year in Riva del Garda and next year on the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games on which her eyes are particularly focused.

“Preparing for the World Championships, I have spent one month training at Denmark; I am back in Brazil where I am practising not only on the table, training in São Caetano do Sul with Francisco Arado, Nelson Kusuoka and Lincon Yasuda but also with physio, Fabio Chittero Boldrini and sport psychologist, Cristina Nunes. My main goal this year is to qualify for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games 2018 and prepare for the Pan American Junior Championships in order to qualify for the World Junior Championships.” Bruna Takahashi

Notably Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz was the 2014 ITTF Dream Building Ambassador; alongside Bruna Takahashi, she was a member of the Latin American outfit that won the Girls’ Team at the 2015 ITTF World Cadet Challenge.

Bruna Takahashi promoting the ITTF Social Responsibility initiative (Photo: courtesy of Dejan Papic)

 

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