Chunli Li receives Queen’s Service Medal

Another medal, but this time for services to sport.(Photo: Andrew Perryman – BENDIGO WEEKLY)

New Zealand’s Chunli Li received the Queen’s Service Medal in the New Year’s Honours List at Government House Auckland. The award acknowledged her services to sport.

“The country has recognised and values what I’ve done as an ordinary person in the community, though table tennis is not that popular compared with some other sports,” Li says.

The four time Olympian and 2012 ITTF-Oceania Cup champion continues to be an ambassador for the sport and wants to see table tennis growing in all age groups.

“Table tennis involves body strength, techniques and strategy, but it’s less intense physically than other ball games. You can start at six and still play it when you’re 76. Some seniors are reminded that they are still young by playing, and begin to build social connections actively.I hope more people can start playing table tennis,” Li says.

Quotes from Eastern Courier