by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer
According to the Star Newspaper of Kenya, the Moi Airbase Primary School pupil was among the Kenyan contingent that travelled to Rabat, Morocco on Tuesday 13th August after having won the selectors’ confidence despite her tender age.
The softly spoken girl beat a strong field that included a number of seasoned players to win a place in the team that has set its sight on at least one spot on the podium, as they seek to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“It was unexpected. I didn’t know how to feel or react to the situation when I first heard the news. I just thought to myself this was too soon for me despite having worked hard for my position for the last three years. All the same, I intend to give it my best shot.” Jenny Compell
An invitation from Michael Kuria, the Eastern African Development Officer, to Jenny Compbell’s friend, Ann Marie, prompted her to start playing table tennis.
“One day after school, my friend, Marie, asked me to accompany her for training alongside other girls; that’s how I found myself playing table tennis.” Jenny Compell
The selection for the 2019 African Games has been most welcomed by Michael Kuria.
“It is certainly a dream come true for any player to be part of the national team. I am proud of her and looking forward to a great future. I believe every youngster dreams of playing at the highest level and I hope her achievement will encourage others to take up the sport.” Michaek Kuria
In Morocco, she will be supported by Fahd Daim, the coach and Mariga Mwangi, the manager, who has already made appearances at the Games.
“At my age, I don’t think it is easy to play at that level but I am certain the coaches will guide me very well and make it look simple.” Jenny Compell
Lining up alongside Jenny Compell in Rabat will be Doreen Juma, Lydia Setey, Pamela Glory and Lisa Wele; Josiah Wandera, Brian Mutua, Kennedy Kojal, Zaki Pema and Msafari Justine comprise the men’s team.