this is her beginning,” said Piyasada, who is currently based in the US with his family.
Tashiya is the eldest daughter of Thilina Piyadasa, the eight-time national champion and Rifkha Kameel, who is also a former national champion having led the Sri Lanka Women’s Team at the South Asian Table Tennis Championships in 1997.
“Actually, both my daughters had followed our training as well as our matches from their early ages but we never pushed them to come to this sport. They are very keen to play with us from the beginning of their career.”
“I had an idea of getting involved with the game as a coach but due to a knee injury I am out of touch with this game and anyway I am happy to see my two daughters’ talents,” Piyadasa revealed.
“Both my daughters are currently training at the California TT Club in Rosemead, which is owned by the former Chinese Olympic Silver Medallist Gao Jun,” he stressed.
“Before the US nationals, there was the US Team Trials held at the Westchester Table Tennis Centre and my eldest Tashiya was number one in the Under-11 age category and number four in the Under-13 age group.”
“The success behind my table tennis career was high determination and great dedication to the sport from the start and I think my daughters also have the same kind of attitude to the sport.”
“Tashiya has already indicated that her dream is to represent America and my younger daughter Tiana is also very keen to move forward,” Piyadasa emphasised.
Meanwhile, Tashiya has been selected as one of the top Under-12 players from California nominated based on their outstanding performances at the 2021 National Under-13 Team Trials at the Westchester Table Tennis Centre.
The selected paddlers will represent the US for the 2021 ITTF Hopes Around the Clock Programme with their personal coaches.
The objective of the online Hopes Around the Clock initiative is to bring the spirit of Table Tennis and the Hopes programme to all corners of the world and the inclusion of Tashiya for this programme is always a blessing to improve her skills.
“The standard of TT in the US is very high, compared to Sri Lanka and we couldn’t get this type of chances at junior level and I expect Tashiya and Tiana to go forward with all facilities here,” concluded Piyadasa.