Over a week ago, Heming Hu left Aussie shores and travelled to Sweden where he will train and play professional league over the next 6 months in preparation for next year's Olympic Qualification Event in late February. He will be joined by David Powell in early October.
Heming will provide an insight of his journey every 3-4 weeks. Below is his first update.
I am currently playing full time here in Sweden at the Eslovs table tennis club to help me prepare for the Olympic qualifying early next year in February and overall, improve my game.
This is a great club with fantastic coaches, Peter Sartz (who coached my childhood idol Michael Maze from a young age until 2007 winning bronze in Men's singles at 2005 World Championships), Peter Andersson who was an ex top player and Anders (the former coach of successful German team Ochsenhausen). The players here that I am training with are fantastic. These players include Xu Hui, Robert Svensson, Mattias Oversjo, Kasper Sternberg, Mattias Stenberg who are all good players and Danish top junior Andreas Dilling and many other promising Swedish juniors around my age.
The training schedule is: Monday-Saturday 9:30am-12pm and 3pm-5pm with physical training included in morning session, and Friday and Saturday afternoon session off. The training is very well structured and very intense with all players training very hard. Once the league matches start in Mid September my timetable will be full as League matches are played, Tuesday nights and/or Saturday/Sunday with training on other days, including when League matches are played but less intensive on those days.
I will be playing in Superettan league (second highest league in Sweden) for the Eslov team and in the highest division in the Danish League for the Amager Btk team. My ausse team mate, David Powell will join me in October and we are playing in same team in Swedish League but different teams in Danish League so we may play against each other. Looking very forward to competition, but, for the mean time, work is to be done in training for the next couple of weeks until my first tournament on September 5 which is Halmstad Open.