Tomlinson resolves to be 'relentless'
National table tennis champion Simon Tomlinson will be approaching next year's Commonwealth Games with relentless resolve. That's the approach Tomlinson thinks is needed to assure a good showing at the Games in Australia next April. In the six months ahead, he will be increasing his practice time with a focus on table work.
Speaking a week after he dominated a Games trial tournament with nine wins from nine matches, the University of Technology senior knows what needs to be done.
"For the next six months, I have to focus a lot more on getting a lot more table work in, hopefully being able to go to Sweden (even) if it's for a short time, for a tournament or two, to get myself match ready," Tomlinson said.
Mental preparation is on his agenda as well.
"Being able to maintain the same level of energy throughout the tournament," he noted, "and keeping the mental aspect in check as well, is very important."
Table tennis at the Games will feature some fine players. Quadri Aruna of Nigeria, England's Paul Drinkhall, Singaporean Gao Ning, and Indian hero Shanta Avant are world ranked at 33rd, 41st, 46th and 47th, respectively.
Kane Watson missed the Trials with an injury incurred at the recent Caribbean Region Championships in Cuba, and Tomlinson appeared in the latest rankings at 609 and 617 respectively.
Asked how he will prepare for such opposition, he resolved, "Relentless training." Elaborating on the point, he explained, "there's no chance against that level of opponent if you're not prepared."
Though he has a lot of work to do, he was gratified by the results of the September 16 Trials. "Thankfully, I was able to complete the task and qualify," he said with a smile, "so I'm happy."