In November 2019, Kevin organised a clinic for his young players because he had noticed some tensions between girls and boys:
“The boys were not used to competing with girls, let alone losing to them in sports.”
His solution? In addition to seminars tailored to the girls and boys, he also organised a Gender Balance seminar in his table tennis club to nip the problem in the bud. With that, he addressed the following:
- Boys were made aware and sensitised that girls are not limited to anything they can do
- Girls can also perform better than boys in sports
- Girls were encouraged and empowered to step up and get involved – inside the sport as well as outside the club
To wrap up the lessons learnt, everybody worked together to build their very own local table tennis table, a sustainable legacy for the progress they have achieved. Kevin liked the idea of showing the kids that everybody, no matter their gender, is a valuable member of the society and can contribute. Their very own, handcrafted table tennis table is slowly coming together. It started with one of the female players hand-weaving the net.