- His parents bought a table for his family when he was a child
- He had a brother who also became passionate about table tennis
- A teacher at his school was a sports fanatic, especially in regards to table tennis, for which he was one of the nations top coaches
- There was a local club that his teacher ran that provided Syed almost unlimited access to the facility.
From a teaching and learning perspective, we need to look at being factors that could have the same sort of positive influence on our children in all manner of areas: running a chess club; providing music tuition; coaching sports teams; a computer club; teachers with a passion for creative writing; teachers who have a love of numbers. There are so many ways that a school can provide opportunities for children to take initial steps towards achieving great things.