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A look at Ping-Pong whiz Jeremy Hazin in action

When the world championships begin in Paris next week, Jeremy will be the youngest Canadian to compete on the men’s national team.

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Jeremy Hazin, 13, keeps his eye on the ball at the Canada Series Table Tennis tournament semi-finals in Mississauga, Ont., on March 2, 2013. He will be going to the World Table Tennis Championships in Paris in May.

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Jeremy Hazin trains at My Table Tennis Club in Mississauga, Ont., on April 25, 2013. Jeremy, an only child, took up the game at the age of 8.

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Jeremy Hazin is a rising star of table tennis. His seven-days-a-week training regimen is designed by his engineer father, Sam Hazin.

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When the world championships in table tennis begin in Paris next week, Jeremy Hazin will be the youngest Canadian ever to compete on the men’s national team.

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Jeremy Hazin speaks to his coach after a win at the Canada Series Table Tennis tournament semi-finals. He has been studying Chinese since he was three and communicates with his Chinese-born coaches in Mandarin.

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Sam Hazin videotapes his son, Jeremy, training at the My Table Tennis Club in Mississauga, Ont. Mr. Hazin drives his son to Toronto-area clubs where Jeremy works on his serving techniques, footwork, strength training and strategy.

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Jeremy Hazin’s classmates don’t believe he’s a professional-level athlete in table tennis. And the 13-year-old still has to make room for his education – he’s got 12 days of missed schoolwork to cover during his trip to the worlds, which also included a warm-up stint in Barcelona.

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Jeremy Hazin listens while coach, Andrey Mokhov, talks about his footwork at My Table Tennis Club in Mississauga, Ont., on April 25, 2013.

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Jeremy Hazin scoops up table tennis balls while training at My Table Tennis Club in Mississauga, Ont., on April 25, 2013.

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Jeremy Hazin on his table tennis career: “I’m going to use my talent to the best of my ability, and make it as far as I can,” he says. “I’m on the right track, and if I work hard, maybe in two or three years I’ll be world-class.”

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