The Canadian Team participating at the 2021 Pan American Championships in Lima, Peru, on 13-19 November 2021, is a perfect combination of “experience” and “youth” merged to form a dynamic and exciting team for both men and women.

On the men’s side we have a lot of experience with Eugene Wang and Hong Tao Chen, and on the women’s side likewise we have a wealth of experience in Mo Zhang and May Tong. These long-time national team players are joined by the youthful group of players of Edward Ly, Matteo Martin, Ivy Liao and Gina (Ching Nam) Fu, who is the youngest overall and currently the top U-15 player in Canada.

Edward Ly had excellent results at the recent Canadian Championships in Laval in the first days of October winning Gold in the U-19 junior event and Bronze in the Men’s singles. Gina won Silver in the U-19 and Bronze in the Women’s singles. Both players have a great future and will definitely boost the level of our national team.

Matteo Martin has improved a lot lately and is not a newcomer. However, this is his first-time selection to the Canadian national team for a major competition. We must say that Terence Yeung (4th at Nationals) and Jeremy Hazin (5th at nationals) declined the selection to this team due to academic commitments.

The men’s team will be led by the very experienced Eugene Wang (2021 Canadian Champion) and supported by Hong Tao who has not played in international competitions for some time, but has consistent top 3 results in Canada.

Our Women’s team is anchored by Mo Zhang who had very good results at the Tokyo Olympic Games and who plays professionally in Europe. She is supported by May Tong who has played table tennis at the top national level for many years. So many years in fact, that we will not divulge how long to keep her age a secret. May Tong always looks youthful and with a pleasant smile on her face, win or lose.

Ivy Liao is not new to international competition. In fact, she was a member of the Canadian Team at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. So, she is no stranger to the country or to the participants at this event. Although Ivy started university a couple of years ago, she continues to train and compete and earned her spot on the team based on her 2021 Canadian Championships results.

The women’s team will be coaches by Siquan Wu, while Hong Tao will have double duty as the men’s playing captain (coach).

We wish our team all the best and root for them to qualify for the 2022 World Team TT Championships.