Cynthia Kwabi is a wife, mother and table tennis player. Having played for Ghana in various competitions, Cynthia Kwabi decided to test her might again in the trials and by cheer hardwork she picked one of the two slots available for female players.

The Media Officer of Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA), Nathaniel Somuah spoke to the former Ghanaian number female star about her return to the team.

Cynthia Kwabi had taken time off the game to give birth to her second child Kelvin Nhyiraba Arthur, and during this period, she missed the Stanbic Bank/Graphic Sports National league, Top 16 competitions and two national open championships. She therefore became rusty as she lacked practice and play time.

‘’Combining table tennis with family life is very difficult. I have to play the role of a mother, wife and a table tennis player. I have to take care of home first before I go for training and after training I continue my duty as a wife and a mother. Sometimes I have to skip training to take care of the family. It’s not all that easy combining family life with table tennis’’ Kwabi Cynthia

“Maternity period affected my game for some years. As a woman carrying pregnancy, my play was restricted. I couldn’t partake in a lot of international competition and national open championships.” Kwabi Cynthia

“There is a saying that hard works pays. After a long break, I came back with hard training. I started physical training three month after delivery. When my baby was five months old, I started playing with multi balls and hard physicals for endurance. My coach Ebenezer Annang Whyte took me through all the training drills I needed to get back to my former shape. I’m indebted to Ghana’s number one seed and currently ranked number 8 in Africa, Derek Abrefa who always made sure I completed my daily training schedules before moving away from the table” Kwabi Cynthia

“My extended family has been of great help to me, without them I wouldn’t have made it to the qualifiers. They are always available to take care of the kids when I’m ready to train or go for competitions. They also support me spiritually by praying for me. My mother is one of the great pillars to my success. Their support has been great beyond expectation” Kwabi Cynthia

“My husband is a lovely man. He understands me and always allows me to exploit. He motivates and also encourages me to train and play competitions. He once told me “my dear, I will be grateful and happier if after years of marriage you strive hard to retain your top most position as the female top seed in Ghana again.” Kwabi Cynthia

“I would want to encourage all women who are going through similar experiences not to give up though it’s not all that easy combining family life with table tennis. They should let their spouses know their passion for the game and with that they would do greater thing in table tennis” Kwabi Cynthia

“Training for Commonwealth is moving on well, very encouraging and we strive to continue to learn more tactics before the main competition in Australia starts. Ghanaians should expect nothing but the best out of me and the rest of the team. I have confidence in all the events (singles, doubles and mixed doubles) that I am taking part in and will surely raise the flag of Ghana high” Kwabi Cynthia

For many sports men in Ghana, families play a crucial role in their success or otherwise, as famies most of the time fund the purchase of training equipment and transportation costs for training and the provision of food and necessary dietary supplements.

For Evans Arthur, husband of Cynthia Kwabi, he had this to say.

“Marrying a sports woman is really wonderful and lovely. They are very smart and intelligent. You just have to understand them and always motivate them. I will fully encourage my children to take their mother’s footsteps because there are a lot of benefits in doing sports, precisely table tennis. Getting scholarship from primary school to tertiary level. Also getting employment in the security services thus: Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Prisons Service and Ghana Fire Service. There are also travelling opportunities, both local and international” Arthur Evans

“Qualifying for Commonwealth Games has really motivated me to train and play the game more. Going through stress and qualifying, I think I will do better when I am a bit relaxed because I can testify that I am improving because I’m in camp and the pressure is a bit down” Kwabi Cynthia said.