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World Parkinson’s Championships: Cooler Than Your Common Champions – half three

by Jia Li, ITTF Basis Communication Coordinator.

Margie Alley

Margie Alley is a social employee for youngsters with studying disabilities. She can also be the winner of the 2019 ITTF World Desk Tennis Championships Girls’s Singles in New York, and an advocate of sports activities for folks with Parkinson’s.

“I created a 15-minute documentary known as Gotta Preserve Shifting which shared my Parkinson’s story. The aim is to assist newly identified folks with Parkinson’s to know the significance of train and neighborhood play in slowing down the development of the illness.”

The documentary was effectively obtained and has motivated many to maintain transferring to remain wholesome.

“The documentary is convincing as a result of it’s my private journey. Desk tennis has helped restore a few of what the illness has tried to remove by offering bodily, social and psychological advantages a lot comparable to those who I skilled earlier than my analysis.”

Alley is glad that she has discovered desk tennis. The fond reminiscences of taking part in the game together with her father in her teenagers led her to one of many largest desk tennis centres in america.

“On my first go to, I learnt that they’d a particular weekly programme for folks with Parkinson’s known as Ping Pong Parkinson (3P). I went to the primary session and located it to be plenty of enjoyable with the additional advantage of being therapeutic for my thoughts and physique. I additionally discovered the neighborhood of individuals at 3P to be very supportive.”

Desk tennis performs a central position in Alley’s life now. She has a brand new neighborhood of buddies from the desk tennis membership and 3P.

Sunil Raghavan

Along with the assistance of his buddies, Singapore primarily based IT skilled and desk tennis fanatic Sunil Raghavan based the non-profit Desk Tennis For Good Restricted in 2020. Their aim is to make use of desk tennis as a medium to advertise mind and common well being, rehabilitation and concord whereas having enjoyable taking part in.

“Desk Tennis For Good is the results of my appreciation for desk tennis. I used to be identified with Parkinson’s in 2015 whereas my six-and-a-half-year-old son suffers from a uncommon genetic situation known as  Cardiofaciocutaneous (CFC) syndrome. Desk tennis has helped each of us to point out outstanding enchancment in our circumstances.”

Raghavan’s analysis has utterly modified his outlook in the direction of the journey of life, and his motivation to dwell grew to become far more significant.

“Parkinson’s is likely one of the circumstances that it’s essential to have a powerful assist system. When you’ve gotten robust assist from household, buddies, the neighborhood, and society, you’re feeling empowered and fewer disabled. I discover pleasure in giving again greater than making one thing for myself. Desk tennis is my ardour, and I wish to give again what I’ve learnt within the darkest days of my life.”

A person who loves the game, Raghavan additionally participated within the 2019 ITTF World Desk Tennis Championships in New York. He was there not solely to play but in addition to assemble expertise of internet hosting comparable occasions in Singapore for his fellow Parkinson’s warriors.

“I really feel proud when folks say that I don’t appear like somebody with Parkinson’s. That’s an achievement for me for folks to say that, and I give 100 % credit score to desk tennis for that.”

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