Table Tennis at the Canada Winter Games is an under 18 event so it is fairly common to see athletes participating who are 14 or 15 years of age. But some of the competitors at these games were a little shocked to look across the table and see a 10 year old named Eddie Guo. Eddie plays for Alberta and is from Edmonton. Alberta has a strong table tennis tradition and has developed many national champions in the past. So for Eddie to make the Alberta team at such a young age is truly a great accomplishment.
Eddy was first introduced to table tennis by his father at the age of 5. Two years later he picked up the sport and hasn’t looked back since. Eddy plays almost every day for 2 hours. He will not be 11 until October and is the top ranked athlete in the under 11 category in Canada. At the past Canadian Junior Championships in Calgary, Guo won 1 gold and 2 silvers in the under 11 category.
Eddy is not a medal favourite here but is enjoying every minute at the games. “The best thing about the games is meeting and making new friends.” While he is very social, he has high expectations of himself “I want to represent Canada in international tournaments”. Guo has the right attitude too. “Never give up and develop strategies on how to play my opponents” when asked about tips on playing a match.
Outside of table tennis, Eddie Guo likes to hang out with his friends and play pick up soccer games. He will be eligible to participant in 2 more Canada Winter Games so you may be hearing the name Eddie Guo more in the future.