by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer
It is an experience Dina Meshref has clearly enjoyed, an experience that has been more than just winning, more than just table tennis.
“It has been a unique experience playing for Storfors BTK this season. It’s more a family club rather than something official. All the girls sleep together in one house in Storfors; we eat together, do our laundry together, chat and play some games together after dinner. It’s the first time Storfors has won the gold medal. I am very happy we did it together this year; it wasn’t easy to beat Eslöv but we proved we were capable. There are many good players in the teams we played against; in the final match there was a strong Chinese player.” Dina Meshref
Successful but winning such titles and being an important member of a team is both mentally and physically demanding.
“It feels so good to win both the Egyptian and the Swedish Leagues this year; it has been a tough year for me with a lot of travelling and competitions, so I am very happy that the end result was great.” Dina Meshref
However, Dina Meshref does not intend to continue with the club commitments.
“Unfortunately I have decided to stop playing in international leagues next season, I feel I need more time to practise and develop my game.” Dina Meshref
Notably Dina Meshref will compete in the Uncle Pop 2018 ITTF Women’s World Cup to be staged later in the year in Chengdu, China.
The successful Storfors Team with (centre) Dina Meshref (Photo: courtesy of Storfors BTK)