Table tennis player hits ball

Ivy Liao

Biographie

  • Won bronze as part of the women’s team at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games
  • Competed at the ITTF World Championships in 2017, 2022 and 2023
  • Won singles bronze at 2022 Canadian Championships
  • 2019 Canadian U21 women’s singles champion
  • Won medals in six of seven events at the 2018 Canadian Championships, claiming national titles in U18 girls’ singles, U21 women’s singles, U18 mixed doubles, and women’s team
  • Won two silver medals and one bronze at the 2015 Canada Winter Games
  • Four-time medallist at the junior Pan American Championships

A Little More About Ivy

Getting into the Sport: Started playing table tennis at age 7 when a friend of her parents recommended they enroll Ivy and her brother at a local club to keep them active during a community centre strike… Played in her first national championships at age 9…Outside Interests: Graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce in April 2023… Enjoys reading, watching other sports and movies and spending time with her family when not training, competing and studying… Odds and Ends: Inspired by Canadian badminton player Michelle Li for both her mindset and international results… Favourite quote: “Isn’t it funny that day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.” – C.S. Lewis…

Palmarès international

Pan American Games: 2019 – BRONZE (women’s team)

ITTF World Championships: 2023 – Rd of 128 (singles), Rd of 64 (doubles); 2022 – Group Stage (women’s team);  2017 – group stage (singles), Rd of 64 (doubles)

ITTF World Championships (junior): 2018 – group stage (singles), Rd of 32 (doubles), Rd of 64 (mixed doubles); 2016 – Rd of 64 (singles) Rd of 32 (doubles), Rd of 64 (mixed doubles)

Pan American Championships: 2022 – Rd of 16 (singles), QFs (doubles), QFs (women’s team)

Pan American Junior Championships: 2018 – BRONZE (doubles), SILVER (team), QFs (singles), QFs (doubles); 2017 – QFs (singles), QFs (doubles), Rd of 16 (mixed doubles); 2016 – BRONZE (doubles), BRONZE (team), Rd of 16 (singles)