Jessica MacAskill : Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemistry
Jessica MacAskill is originally from Invercargill where she attended James Hargest College. She is in her final year studying towards a Doctorate of Philosophy (Chemistry PhD). Her sporting highlights include competing in various international events including World University Games (2011, 2013), World Junior championships (2008), Oceania championships and various Opens (Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia). Her career achievements include various medals in both teams and individual events at Oceania championships, and NZ, Australian, New Caledonian and Fiji Opens, at both junior and senior level. Her most memorable medal was winning bronze in the Girls’ team event at a World Junior Circuit event in Tahiti (2008). Recently, Jessica has focused less on competing and more on coaching. She is currently one of the NZ national U12/15 Girls’ coaches. Whilst relatively new to coaching, highlights already include coaching the continental team-Oceania at the 2015 World cadet (U15) challenge and most recently being the recipient of the 2016 TTNZ NZ coach of the year award. Her future aspirations are to represent New Zealand again in the near future.
- South Island Championships - 22/08/2009
- The South Island Table Tennis Champs were held in Invercargill over the week end of 22-23 August. Overall for the weekend I won 1 gold and 4 silvers. I won the Womens B-grade Singles as well as this I came second in the Open Womens Doubles, Under 21 womens Singles, U21 Mixed Doubles and U21 Womens Doubles.
- Manawatu Open - 05/09/2009
- The Manawatu Open was held in Palmerston North on the 5th September. I played exceptionally well winning the Open Womens Singles beating top seed in the semi and second seed in the final. In addition to this I also came second in the Open Womens Doubles and won the under 21 Womens Singles.
- Bronze at Australian Senior and Youth Open - 18/06/2011
- The Australian Senior and Youth(Under21) Championships were held in Tasmania Aus,tralia from the 12-18th of June. I competed in both the teams events as part of the NZ Womens team, as well as the individual events(Under 21's and Open). In the individuals I won two bronze medals; one for under 21 womens doubles(partnered with Natalie Paterson of Manawatu) and the second for under 21 mixed doubles(partnered Matthew Hetherington of Waikato).
- Selection in NZ team to attend World University Games - 03/07/2011
- The 26th Summer Universiade will be held in Shenzhen, China from the 12-23rd of August 2011. The Games are held every two years and are the second largest global high performance multi-sports event after the Olympics and in many sports, are of a comparable or higher standard than the Commonwealth Games.One of the nine sports that NZ will be taking a team to compete in is Table Tennis. They will have both a mens and womens team (4 members in each), that will compete in both team and individual events(singles, doubles). I have been selected to be part of this team, and look forward to competing at the event and gaining valuable experience.
- Fiji Open Titles - 11/12/2011
- The 2011 Fiji Open was held in Nadi form 9-11 December. It comprised of various players from the oceanic countries. It was a very successful tournament for both myself and Waikato team mate Armindeep Singh, with us claiming 5 golds and 2 silvers.
In the Open womens singles, I defeated armindeep in the final to win gold. We then paired up to defeat a New Caledonian pair to win the open womens doubles. The open mixed doubles also saw NZ claim both the gold and silver, with myself and my partner Yoshua(Vanuatu), defeating Armindeep and her partner Wang Qi(mens title winner) in the final. In addition, in my last ever Under 21 tournament, I claimed both the under 21 womens singles and under 21 womens doubles titles.