IMAGE|| Glasgow 2014 – Melissa Tapper & Heming Hu
Commonwealth Games Australia is pleased to confirm the 12 athletes who will represent Australia in Table Tennis at Gold Coast 2018.
The Australian Table Tennis Team features Commonwealth Games debutants alongside two five-time Commonwealth Games representatives.
A bronze medallist in Glasgow 2014 in the women’s team event, 27-year-old Melissa Tapper will represent Australia in both able-bodied and para Table Tennis competitions, becoming the first Australian athlete to do so at the Commonwealth Games.
“I was lucky enough to be able to compete for Australia at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics in both the able-bodied and para competitions and I’m going to be doing it again on the Gold Coast in April,” Tapper said.
“We have a very strong team representing Australia in Table Tennis and I’m lucky to be included in it,” she said.
Jian Fang Lay is currently Australia’s number one female table tennis player, and together with Miao Miao they will be representing Australia at their fifth Commonwealth Games.
Having won silver in Women’s Doubles and bronze in Women’s Teams at Glasgow in 2014 and seven Commonwealth Games medals in total, Lay is relishing the opportunity to be playing for the green and gold again.
“I’ve been to a few games now and by far and away the best experience was representing Australia on home soil in Melbourne in 2006 and I’m just so grateful that I get to do that again in a few months,” Lay said.
Australian Chef de Mission Steve Moneghetti welcomed the Table Tennis Athletes to the Australian team.
“The 12 Table Tennis athletes that we named today brings our Australian Team to a strong 88 Athletes that have been announced,” Moneghetti said.
“This number will continue to grow over the coming months and I’m really looking forward to welcoming all athletes onto the Australian Team, it really is a once in a lifetime experience for them.”
The Australian Table Tennis Team for Gold Coast 2018 is a follows:
- Heming Hu (VIC) – Men’s Teams & Individuals
- David Powell (VIC) – Men’s Teams & Individuals
- Xin (Chris) Yan (NSW) – Men’s Teams & Individuals
- Trent Carter (NSW) – Men’s Teams & Individuals
- Kane Townsend (QLD) – Men’s Teams & Individuals
- Barak Mizrachi (VIC) – Men’s Class 6 – 10 Singles
- Jian Fang Lay (VIC) – Women’s Teams & Individuals
- Melissa Tapper (VIC) – Women’s Teams & Individuals / Women’s Class 6 – 10 Singles
- Chunyi (Tracy) Feng (NSW) – Women’s Teams & Individuals
- Miao Miao (VIC) – Women’s Teams & Individuals
- Michelle Bromley (NSW) – Women’s Teams & Individuals
- Andrea McDonnell (QLD) – Women’s Class 6 – 10 Singles
There are around 190,000 tickets still available to 13 sports across the GC2018 competition schedule, including some great tickets to catch the world class table tennis competition. Tickets have been increasingly popular for the gold medal matches however plenty of tickets still remain for other sessions so get in quick to avoid disappointment.