Never Too Old to Learn!

by on Jun.14, 2012, under News

Winner of the Men’s Singles title in Chiba in 1991 and a member of the gold medal winning Swedish Men’s Team on four occasions at World Championships, Sweden’s Jörgen Persson was the special guest for “Meet the Champions” evening at the ITTF Hopes Training Camp in Falkenberg on Wednesday 13th June 2012.

Now 46 years old, the living legend made his debut at a World Championships in Gothenburg in 1985; now over quarter of a century later, he is still competing at the highest levels and has been a regular face on the GAC GROUP World Tour this year.

The experience he possesses is immense. Howver, as he prepares to compete in his seventh consecutive Olympics; he is still learning.

Importance of Learning Techniques
He played an exhibition match against Peter Karlsson and also interacted with the young hopes players. He talked about the importance of learning techniques to develop his game; still at his age.

It is important, he said to not stop learning things.

The game changes in a twinkle and you have to be aware of the changes and adjust.

Working on Distance
Right now in his Olympic preparation, he is working on the distance from the table as an important point and how to handle the new aggressive backhand, combined with top spin flip over the table so popular these days.

Great Ride
He was back in Sweden after a four week journey to Asia and said that his body is not young anymore; I wish I was his age!

He first started going to China when he was 15 years old and has no regrets at all.

“It has been worth every minute of it”, said Jörgen Persson. “I don’t know where I would have been without this sport; it has been a great ride.”

The Hopes youngsters take turns to play the maestro but who is enjoying
the experience the most; the smile on Jörgen Persson’s face gives the answer


Peter Karlsson Gave Advice
In addition to Jörgen Persson, Peter Karlsson also spent time talking to the young players, who were drenched with perspiration after a two hour training session.

He took extra care to talk to each of the young hopes.

Injury Prevention Next on Menu
It was a great evening overall; tomorrow on Thursday 14th June, the educational sessions continue with Miran Kondric from Slovenia.

He will lecture on injury prevention for young players; then on Friday morning Croatia’s Sandra Paovic will be the guest of honour.

Jorgen Persson (left) and Peter Karlsson (right) played an exhibition match
officiated by Mikael Andersson (centre) with Erik Lindh an interested onlooker


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