|Shi Ce receives the title "Sportswoman of 2005" at the 40th Congress of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (CISS). [google]|
Born in 1985 and raised in a remote village in Yichun, Heilongjiang Province, Shi Ce had hearing problems from birth. When she was nine years old, her parents sent her to learn to play Ping-Pong, hoping that she would be healthy and strong.
After three years of training, the little girl did well in matches held in her province. Then, she was admitted to the Sports Middle School in Yichun when she was 12 years old. She received third prize at the National Middle School Students Ping-Pong Games once, and three gold medals in the deaf group Ping-Pong Games at the Sixth National Games for the Disabled in 2003.
Shi Ce was a good student. With excellent marks, she entered Number 1 Middle School in Yichun. She was placed fifth in the final examinations in her class. Her teacher Ms. Ren said, "Not just her classmates and teachers but all the people from Yichun are proud of Shi Ce." Shi Ce went to Harbin Institute of Technology in September 2004.
Shi Ce is 21 years old and a battle-hardened veteran now. From January 5-16, 2005, she took part in the 20th Summer Deaflympics held in Melbourne, Australia, representing China. During that period, Shi practiced about ten hours a day, like a professional athlete. She became very exhausted by the end of everyday.
At her debut on the international arena, Shi took part in 22 matches. Before the final match that day, Shi was injured and felt difficult to raise her arms. She played nonetheless and even her opponent did not realize she played in pain.
Shi Ce won first place in all the Ping-Pong matches at that Game. For her excellent performance, China Disabled Persons' Federation and the General Administration of Sports later awarded her the title of "Excellent Athlete".
Chinese team won five gold medals and ranked ninth at the 20th Deaflympics Games. It marked the first time that China entered the top-ten at the Deaflympics. Shi Ce made a great contribution to this historic breakthrough.
At present, Shi Ce continues her study at Harbin Institute of Technology. She hopes to win more medals at the 21st Deaflympics in 2009.
(Source: xinhuanet.com / Translated by Women of China)