Posted on 04 Oct 2010
Slater and Gordon staff are rallying behind their colleague, Australian table tennis champion and staff IT database administrator William Henzell, as he prepares to fight it out in the Commonwealth Games starting this week.
William, 28, is an incredible example of dedication and achievement. While holding down a full-time job working for Slater and Gordon, he also trains 15 hours every week, six days a week, at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, which has led to his becoming the region’s greatest table tennis player.
His achievements so far include winning silver in the 2006 Commonwealth Games, being the seven-time Australian National Champion, four-time Australian Open Champion, and winning the Oceania Championships twice. He's also represented Australia twice before in the Commonwealth Games, twice in the Olympics, and six times at the World Championships.
He was inducted into the Australian Table Tennis Hall of Fame at 26, 20 years younger than any of the inductees before him. He also made history at the 2004 Athens Olympics when he became the first Australian male to win matches in both the singles and doubles events.
William, who left for New Delhi last Tuesday, started playing table tennis as a child in his hometown of Adelaide. He became Australian under-14 champion in his teens before moving to Sweden as a 14-year-old for 12 years to further his career. His dreams started gaining momentum when he made the junior national squads in his teens, and joined the senior Australian team in 2001.
His reign of the Australian Championships seems never-ending – William won the national titles in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.