She was part of the South African team that featured at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Cape Town and now she has established herself as an integral member of the female national team for the Rainbow nation.

At 18, Simeen Mookrey has a dream of becoming one of the top players in Africa – a feat no South African has achieved but the second best ranked female South African believes she has what it takes to pursue her dream particularly with the enormous support she has been and still getting from her parent.

“Being in South Africa, it is very difficult to improve and go to the next level because it isn’t a big sport here and we do not have permanent venues to train or coaches on a high level. So after this year I’ll be done with my schooling and hope to go to Europe and get the proper training that I need to improve. I know that it will not be easy and will take lots of hard work and sacrifice but I’m willing to do it because I love Table tennis. My aim is to be amongst the top five female players in Africa and with hard work I know that it is possible. And from there I will try and get even better,” she said.

Having made her debut at the World team Championship in Halmstad, Sweden on May, Simeen Mookrey described the worlds as an awesome experience. “The world championship was a wonderful first experience and good exposure for me just by being there and playing so many matches against different countries and so many different styles of play. It was exactly what I needed especially since I don’t play in that many international tournaments and not exposed to different types of players. I played many good players and there were also many tight matches that I could have won, but because of lack of experience I couldn’t pull through.”

“Even though I have been to a world junior championship which was in Cape Town, this was just a whole different experience of table tennis. It’s a really big event with so many participants and it was a really good experience to be surrounded by so many top players in the world and get to watch how they play. Everything is well planned, scheduled and very professional something that Africa should learn from. As someone who loves table tennis, it’s an amazing opportunity to experience all of that and see the best of the best in Sweden,” she added.

This month, Simeen Mookrey is hoping to claim laurels at the South African Junior and Senior Open. “I have the SA junior and senior Open this month and then also I hope I’ll be able to go to the Nigeria Open and Senior African Championship in Mauritius later in the year.”