Deng Yaping Sports Scholarships
Because I just came from an ordinary family
in China. My father was a Ping Pong coach and my mother worked for the textile factory.
So once I achieved my goal…become a world champion… and also when I was young I had
a dream to become a world champion…and finally I achieve it because so many people helped.
So once I had the capability I wanted to do the same for others who are in need. So I’m
quite happy we’re together with the University, to set up in my name the DENG Yaping sports
scholarships to help those very talented… and they have ambitions to become the champions,
to have further education, to combine together, that would be wonderful. So we wanted to offer more and more to those talented athletes and students. Yes, it’s a massive honour to have the scholarship
because the scholarship is named by DENG Yaping who is the former gold medallist at the Olympic
Games. She has always been my role model. And when I came here, because I have the scholarship
I don’t need to worry about the living fees and tuition fees so I can concentrate on my
studies and playing table tennis. The scholarship let me have the opportunity to pursue my academic
career and table tennis career. If I didn’t have the scholarship I wouldn’t have had the chance to come to the UK to be honest. This is why the scholarship helped me a lot. If you are passionate, you definitely will
be one day, you can achieve it!