LIVINGSTON, NJ - Heritage Middle School eighth grader Jack Wang is making headlines in the world of table tennis. He recently won the highest table tennis title for boys under 18 in North America, and is training for the World Cadet Challenge.
Wang said he credits his mental maturity and ability to stay calm during matches for his success.
“After playing for two years, I first saw my idol World Champion Zhang Jike play. He motivated me especially for our similar style, both from technical perspective and mental perspective. That was the trigger for me to train like him.”
Wang, who trains seven days a week, is a contender on making the USA Junior and Cadet teams this year. His dream is to play in the Olympics.
He will next compete Oct. 23-Nov. 1 at the World Cadet Challenge—the world's premier event for players under 15, which is being held at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Bridgetown, Barbados.
In addition to his table tennis accolades, Wang is also an avid pianist and former black belt in karate.
"Table tennis is my favorite thing to do in the world,” said Wang. “No matter how hard the obstacles are down the road, I will always try my best to achieve my dream to represent USA to play in the Olympics.”