Canada’s Para Table Tennis Team is in Costa Rica looking to heat things up when matches begin December 10!
After a successful Copa Tango campaign in Argentina, which saw every player win matches including class 4/5 combo team Muhammed Mudassar and Mohsin Watto winning their 1st ever doubles match, hopes are high for this Para Costa Rica Open taking place here in San Jose Costa Rica December 10 to 12.
Para Table Tennis has 10 classes for athletes with a physical disability, 5 seated from 1 to 5, 5 standing from 6 to 10 with the lower your class meaning a greater disability. The Canadian Team for this event is comprised of 3 standing and 3 seated athletes as follows:
Veteran Martin Pelletier, from Gatineau Quebec, is making a comeback with the team in class 9, preparing for big things at the 2023 Para Pan American Games in Chile 21 years after his Paralympic debut in Australia in the year 2000!
Syed Asad Hussain, from Toronto Ontario, is hoping to keep his comeback on track having represented Canada in Toronto’s 2015 Para Pan American Games, then taken a 6 year hiatus from the sport, Syed began his comeback by winning silver in class 9 singles just 2 weeks ago in Argentina!
Matthias Yeh, from Toronto, is hoping to begin his Para Table Tennis Career here in Costa Rica beginning with his classification test tomorrow at 2:30pm. This is a very detailed look at his physical disability by professional certified classifiers. National Para Coach Ian Kent, who is not a classifier but has a wealth of experience in the game states “…he is not a 10 and not a 7. It will be 8 or 9. Either way Matthias will be a welcomed addition to the Canadian Para Table Tennis Team.”
3 seated players round out the athlete compliment for this year’s Para Costa Rica Open. Class 5 veteran Muhammed Mudassar from Toronto and class 4 Mohsin Watto, both picked up wins in singles in Argentina a few weeks ago. This seated team also features another veteran in Dartmouth Nova Scotia’s class 3, Steve Dunn!
Coach Kent states “All the athletes on this seated team are capable of multiple wins here. Muhammad and Mohsin should have more confidence now having won their first match together in team play and both winning matches in singles.”
Steve Dunn rounds out this trio, having not competed since 2019 due to covid, and he is looking forward to competing again and assessing just where he is in the intensely competitive class 3 field. “Steve is a big part of the glue that makes a team.” stated Coach Kent, “He has extensive para experience in Rugby, Basketball and Table Tennis. Glad to have him back!”
Matches begin on Friday, December 10. Stay tuned for results.