Full Name: Simon Gerada
Date Of Birth: 20/03/1981
Simon at the GSSE Games 2011
Image Courtesy of Time of Malta.
Nation represented: Australia/Malta
Highest World Ranking: 180
Blade: Andro Allround
FH Rubber: Andro Hexer ($50 retail)
BH Rubber: Andro Hexer X ($50 retail)
How long have you been playing table tennis for, when did you start?
Since 8 years of age, so 22 years now.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
My father, the support for one but he’s always given me a never too hard attitude.
What do you feel has been your biggest achievement to date?
Becoming the best player in Australia and Oceania in 2003. Simon also won the Oceania Championships Mens Singles in 2000 and has been one of Oceanias top table tennis players from a relatively young age.
Is there anything you would change in your table tennis career if you could do it all again?
What are your future goals in table tennis?
Make the Olympic games London. This will involve Simon playing the Olympic Games Qualification Tournament early next year and placing in the top 3 to qualify.
What's your view on the Chinese dominance at the moment; why are they so good do you believe?
Basically, the Chinese have developed a perfect documented system. Imagine creating the best athlete and then re-producing that athlete over and over again. And only modifying the system based on the next perfect athlete.The Chinese use this system right across as many locations in the country and reproduce the same system in different tiers.
What is your favourite shot in your game and why?
Forehand counterloop; because the opponent thinks they have the advantage with making the first loop before I play my counter which usually goes right on by them.
During your career where has table tennis taken you, in terms of training and playing?
Lost count along the way.
Who's the toughest opponent you have ever overcome in a match?
Many different moments and players during the different stages of my career. Simon was noted as the toughest opponent for another of Australia's best, William Henzell.
What is the most memorable match you have ever played?
Jan Ove Waldner at the World Cup in front of 6 thousand people.
What do you think are some of the key factors in becoming a successful table tennis?
Train hard and to have a good team behind you
Off the Topic Questions
Who’s your favourite sportsman of all time? Roger Federer
Favourite film? I have a top 10
What's your dream car? Ford GT40
What do you do in your spare time other than table tennis?
Family, Golf, Business (HWATT), Café
Do you eat well or eat junk?
PS3 or XBOX 360?
What would be the first thing you would do if you won $1million?
Go to the bank
Some of Simon's great points from the 2009 Australian Open and Closed Championships.
Your Team Mates
Who’s the funniest player in the training hall? Dee Muhammad
Who trains the hardest in the training hall?
Ivan, Nathan, Derek, Zaki, Melissa and MuammadThanks Simon, all the best for the Australian Closed Champs and the not so far away Olympic Qualification Tournament!
Who has the best nickname? Lewy the Fly
Would you like to add one last tip, or an inspirational message to us all?
Train hard and just do it!
You can also check out Simon's business HWATT (Health Wellness and Table Tennis) which runs multipurpose training and coaching programme's. Take a look!