Eyes on Fiji at Olympic Team Qualifications
Fiji’s Women’s team consisting of sisters Sally and Grace Yee and Carolyn Li is coming in strong for the Oceania Olympic Team Qualifications this weekend.
Lead by Sally Yee, the 18-year-old is no stranger to international high-pressure competition. The young star has already competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. As the first-ever Fiji table tennis player to qualify for the Olympics and the youngest female competitor in the table tennis event, Sally brings a wealth of experience to the event on Friday. Earlier this year, Sally defended her title at the Oceania Cup, beating her sister Grace Yee 4-1 in a dominant display and claiming the Pacific Cup Women’s title for the second year running. This young star will definitely be a challenge to Australia, the reigning Oceania Champions and top seeds.
Not to be outshone by her older sister, 17-year-old Grace Yee will also be one to watch at the qualifications. Like her sister, Grace also competed at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and later in the year was one of three athletes to represent Fiji at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Bueno Aires. Earlier this year, Grace was selected by ITTF as a beneficiary of the “With The Future In Mind” scholarship program, aimed to assist athletes in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In September this year, it was a podium finish for Grace at the ITTF Oceania Tour in Suva, Fiji where she defeated her sister in the Women’s Singles finals 4-0 and claimed gold medals in both the Women Doubles and Mixed Doubles events as well.
Rounding off the team, Carolyn Li has been a long-time fixture in Oceania table tennis, having represented Fiji since 2007 in Juniors. Li competed in the 2016 ITTF World Team Championships as well as the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with the Yee sisters. A girl of many talents, Li has also dipped her toe into coaching, heading to Buenos Aires last to coach Grace at the Youth Olympics.
With a golden ticket to Tokyo 2020 and a once in a lifetime opportunity on the line, Friday will definitely be an action-packed day in Mornington.
More information about the Oceania Olympic Team Qualifications here.