Canada: Mangalorean Teenager Nerissa Bags YMCA Table-Tennis Trophy


Daijiworld Media Network - Canada (SB)

Canada, Dec 28: "I am really happy that I am back in the game,” said Nerissa D'Mello after lifting the under-15 single title at the recently completed Annual Table Tennis Tournament of the YMCA, Mississauga, Canada. 

It was indeed a proud moment not only for this teenaged champion and her parents but also for all Indians who are living in Canada. This is the first time she is participating in a major table tennis tournament after migrating into Canada with her siblings and parents three years ago.

Right through the tournament it was smooth sailing for Nerissa as she won every match with ease and confidence. In the final she played like a true champion and defeated top seed, Tami Ou, a Canadian of Chinese origin 11-9, 14-16, 11-8 in a well fought three-set match. Both the players played attacking table tennis and matched each others shots to perfection. But in the end it was Nerissa's usual cool, composed nature and her confident power-packed game that won her the prestigious YMCA under 15 singles title for the first time.

Multi-faceted Thy Name Nerissa

Nerissa is currently studying in the 10th grade at Father Michael Goetz Catholic Secondary School, Mississauga and is a smart and soft spoken child. She is the daughter of Lucy and Gerry D'Mello of Bendur. Nerissa had won two 'Most Valuable Player (MVP)' awards last year for her great achievements in badminton and girls’ cricket in school. Also, she was the champion in MFSI Badminton Mixed Double Tourney in Canada this year.

She is also a good musician and plays keyboard and clarinet. Apart from being a keen sports and music enthusiast, Nerissa has excelled and won awards in academics fetching her a place in the prestigious 'Goetz Club'. She is also a member of the Student Council in her school. Her two sisters Nishita and Nicole are champions in badminton/tennis and girls’ cricket, respectively.

Initiation into Game and Achievements

It was in the year 2003 in Muscat, at the tender age of 8 that Nerissa picked up a table tennis racket for the first time. She took to the game very easily and with her determination and perseverance slowly made her way to the top. That very year she entered the Annual Table Tennis tournament organized by the Indian Social Club (ISC) Muscat. Almost a wild card entry, she shocked every one by reaching the finals and lifting the runner-up trophy in the under-10 girls category. She has not looked back since then. Perfecting her game, she has gone on to win glory, accolades, titles, awards, and trophies for herself and her school.

At the age of 9, she won the under-14 title at the Inter School Table Tennis Tournament held in Oman. She then went on to win the 2004 CBSE Zonal Table-Tennis Championship (Girls U/14) wherein schools from Kuwait, Doha-Qatar, Dubai, Sharjah participated. Nerissa was then selected from the Indian School Muscat to participate in the 'CBSE National Table-Tennis Tournament' held at Jaipur, India, in December 2004.  This was the first time ever a 9-year-old girl was representing the Sultanate of Oman in a CBSE National event.

After successfully crossing the initial settling down hurdles now, Nerissa is back into table tennis, her most favourite game, and is anxiously looking forward for more challenging tournaments in Canada in the near future!

  

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  • ronald, sullia/mangalore

    Fri, Jan 01 2010

    Dear Nerissa, congrats, i'l pray for u. i m very happy to see u, and i wish u all success in ur future (Ronald frm Dubai)

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  • Fr. Henry Alva, Canada

    Fri, Jan 01 2010

    Dear Narissa, Congratulations, You made us proud. God bless you.

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  • Rupert & Promila Saldanha, Mangalore/ Canada

    Thu, Dec 31 2009

    Dear Nerissa,Congrats and God bless.You have made our community proud.Keep it up.All the best in the New Year 2010.

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  • jocky,jessy,jenny,joylee, Bondel/Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 31 2009

    Congratulations dearest Nechhu! keep it up. All the best.God bless you.

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  • Salih Haandi, Bajpe, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 31 2009

    Nerissa - Congratulations on your achievement. Keep it up! Wishing you all the best.

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  • Anand Felcita,

    Wed, Dec 30 2009

    Dear Nerissa, Congratulations! indeed a remarkable accomplishment. Congrats to the proud parents Gerry n Lucy.... Dsouza's : Anand Pech & kids

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  • Franks, Mangalore/Muscat

    Wed, Dec 30 2009

    Congratulations....! Dear Nerissa, You are the best. Keep up the good work and lets see more of it in the coming years.

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  • SHAMEEM, SURALPADI - KSA

    Wed, Dec 30 2009

    I am proud of you as a Mangalorean

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  • Vincy, Pressy,namrath, Gloria, vandana, Richie & Claudia, Shirva, Muscat.

    Wed, Dec 30 2009

    Dear Nerissa, Hearty Congratulations to you & your Parents on your great achievement. Good luck in your future endeavours.

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  • Ivan C Monteiro, Urwa, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 30 2009

    Nerissa Congrats! Hats off to the brilliant performance!! You have made all Mangloreans proud with your achievement. At this juncture I also congratulate and compliment Gerry and Lucy the wonderful parents of Nerissa for their unstinted support and motivation for their daughter in achieving this great feat. May God Bless you to reach the pinnacle and gain more laurels in the coming years.

    This yuletide season it’s a great joy and happiness with this good news may God Bless you and your family abundantly. We all want to see you as world Class Player and you can do it. God Bless you Dear …………Uncle Ivan, Aunty Fatima, Prithvi and Prakrithi, Urwa, Mangalore

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  • Lancy & Merlyn, Canada

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Dear Nerissa, Congratulations. Keep it up. May God Bless you.

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  • Ivan Lobo, Mangalore / Canada

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Dear Nerissa, Hearty Congratulations on achieving the first place in Annual Table Teenis Tournament in YMCA. An amazing feat! Keep it up. Wish you all the best for achieving greater success in the future. You Can Do it! You make us Mangaloreans extremely proud. Lillian, Lillian, Lydwin, Ivan

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  • Melwyn Pereira, Mangalore/Canada

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Dear Nerissa, Congratulations! on your great accomplishment! You have made your parents and all mangloreans proud. Keep up the good work and lets see more of it in the coming years. Melwyn/Tracy/Malcolm/Sheldon - Mississauga, Canada

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  • Michael Serrao, Mississauga / Hirebyle

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Congratulations Nerissa for the great achievement and making your family, Mangaloreans and Indians proud. Keep up the good work.

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  • Nilofer Miranda, Mangalore/Muscat

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Hi Nerissa, Congratulations and best wishes from all of us. We are proud to see you achieving great heights. Keep it up!!!

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  • Wilson d'Souza, Mississauga,Canada

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Congratulations Nerissa, you have made us very proud. Fly high and wish you great success in the future events.

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  • Canute & Veera Braggs Bajpe(Muscat), Bajpe Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Congratulations Dear Nerissa,on your achievements keep it up.wish you all the best.God Bless you

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  • Flany,Jessy,Royston,Roseann, MANGALORE

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Dear Nerrissa, Congratulations, Wishing you all the best. Keep it up ! God Bless you

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  • Leo Rego, Madanthyar / Canada

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Dear Nerissa, Congratulations!!!! We wish you success in all your future endeavours too. Leo Rego & Fly.

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  • Apolinaris D'Souza, Valencia/Muscat

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Nerissa - Congratulations on your achievement. Keep it up! Wishing you all the best.

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  • Goldwin & Victoria Soares, Muscat

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Dear Nerissa, Congratulations. May god bless you in all your future endeavours. Victoria & Goldwin

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  • m zubair channa(bhatkal), Dubai-Bhtatkal

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Hey.. Nerissa congrats yaar we proud of yu..i wish u all d best.& God bless You. (zubair-dubai)

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  • Amanda/Alistair, Bangalore/muscat

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Congrats nerissa, We wish you all the best. Take care Mandy/Ali Bangalore

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  • Jawar D'Souza, M'Lore/Doha

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Hi Nerissa congrat's Keep it up you have made us mangaloreans proud,God bless You.

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  • Nazeer , Mangalore / Khobar

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    congrats Narissa...keep up the good work mangalore rocks, we proud of u its really happy to see mangaloreans rockin everywhere god bless u

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  • Thomas Valder, Bahrain

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Hearty Congratulations dear Nerissa. Our Mangalore is shining in Canada through your achievement. Congratulations to your parents as well !!

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  • Donald/Eula Pinto , Mangalore/Muscat

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Congratulations dear Nerissa on your achievement. Keep it up! Wishing you all the best.

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  • anil vas, bantwal(abudhabi)

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Hey Nerissa, Congratulations. Wishing your more laurels in coming days. Keep it up. God Bless you

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  • Joseph Helen, Muscat

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Congratulations dear Nerissa. It's a proud moment for us Mangloreans here also. The rubber ball has to bounce back whether you had to in be Muscat, Canada or anywhere in the World. God Bless You & your family. Love from Joseph Uncle, Helen Aunty, Josma and Melita.

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  • joan & Francis Sequeira, Mangalore/Muscat

    Mon, Dec 28 2009

    Dear Nerissa Congratulations! keep it up! Wish you all the best

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  • Remy Fernandes, Kulshekar / Muscat

    Mon, Dec 28 2009

    Hey Nerissa, Congratulations. Wishing your more laurels in coming days. Keep it up. God Bless you

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  • Maxim D'Mello, Toronto, Canada

    Mon, Dec 28 2009

    Dear Nerissa, Congratulations! What a remarkable accomplishment! I am sure we will be seeing and hearing a great deal more about your achievements in the future. Keep up the good work. Maxim D'Mello & Fly.

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  • Clarence & Jane Ida Pinto , Kaikamba - (Muscat)

    Mon, Dec 28 2009

    Dear Nerissa, Congratulations. We are really happy to read this great news. You had a tremendous talent of playing superb TT while you were in Muscat. May God bless you now and always. We wish you all the very best.

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