Sherri Umscheid

Table Tennis

Sherri Umscheid
  • First Alternate of 2014 US Para Team
  • Member of 2013 US Para Team

Class and Disability: Class 7, Spina Bifida

How did you get involved in table tennis? I began playing on the table in the entry way of my mom’s 9th floor office. I played with everyone and anyone that I could. I began to love the sport.

What are your goals in Para table tennis? I hope to go learn and develop myself into a real table tennis athlete. I hope I can go to the Paralympics. I hope I can become a good role model for other handicapped girls.

What is your favorite Para tournament and why? The Mike Dempsey Internationals Tournament is my first international tournament; only my second official tournament – the first was in VA Beach in 2011.

What is your training Schedule?

Monday:
Practice On TT Robot in our home 9:AM-11:AM
Strength training 5:15PM

Tuesday:
Practice On TT Robot in our home 9:AM-11:AM

Wednesday:
Practice On TT Robot 9:AM-11:AM
Train with Table Tennis Coach 4:00PM
Strength training 5:15 PM

Thursday:
Practice On TT Robot in our home 9:AM-11:AM

Friday:
Practice On TT Robot 9:AM-11:AM
Train with Table Tennis Coach 4:00PM
Strength training 5:15 PM

Who is your coach? We live in Shenyang China. My coach’s name is: Peng Zhao Lian

Do you play any other sports? No.

What tips would you give to other Para hopefuls? You can only pursue a career in sports if you love the sport.

What parts of your game are you working on? lateral movement, hitting the ball and serving

Share your thoughts on your experience at the Mike Dempsey Memorial Tournament?
It was a wonderful event. We enjoyed it all so very much. We learned a lot and we saw the 'family' of international table tennis. What a beautiful atmosphere! The Team USA Administration and the staff and the volunteers made this a really great event! I made new friends. Leaned more about the sport and about how to play better, and thoroughly enjoyed each and every aspect.

Best tournament results so far? This is the only International Tournament that I have ever participated in. It is only the second official tournament of any kind that I have participated in.

What is next para tournament? I still must choose. It will be after the first of the year.

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