TORONTO: Shashi Taxali, an Indo-Canadian woman from Mississauga, has won two gold and one silver medals in table tennis at the just concluded Seniors Games in Nova Scotia.
Called Canada 55+ Summer Games (Seniors Games), this sporting event is held every two years.
Shashi Taxali (seen on the right in the above picture), who is the mother of the famous illustrator Gary Taxali, won a gold medal in women’s singles, a gold medal in women’s doubles and a silver in mixed doubles.
“I had to be successful in my district (Mississauga) and win in order to represent them at the Canada 55+ Games. There are over 40 districts and I am the Canadian winner over all these districts in women’s table tennis for singles and doubles,’’ beams Shashi Taxali.
How tough was the tournament?
“The tournament is tough because you are competing with people from all over Canada,’’ she says.
Shashi Taxali says she is feeling on top of the world after her victories. “I am touched by everyone who congratulated me, especially the letter from the Major of Mississauga, congratulating me and telling me that age is no barrier to success’,’’ according to the seniors’ table tennis champion of Canada.
Why did you take up table tennis seriously?
“I started playing first as a hobby with my neighbours – a very nice couple and their children – every week. When I started getting better and better, I decided to compete with other individuals at the local community centre. It’s a great way to stay fit and healthy and you can play it all year round. It’s a lot of fun and a very addictive game. I had always wanted to play table tennis. It is my passion,’’ she says.
This year’s Canada 55+ Games were held at the Municipality of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia from August 29 to September 1.