PODCAST EP7 Gold Coast Gold: Melissa Tapper

Hosted by Dave Culbert

Delving into all things Commonwealth Games between now and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

We recap the week that was, chat to a Games star of the past, present or future and take a look at the week ahead for our Commonwealth Games aspirants.

EPISODE 7: Melissa Tapper


Melissa Tapper made history when she became the first Australian to compete in Table Tennis in both Para and able-bodied Games.

The 27-year-old trailblazer’s determination through childhood developed into some serious talent in adulthood.

This episode, Tapper recounts a childhood without limitations, her competitiveness in all sports no matter her ability and gives insight into just how demanding selection onto the five person Female GC2018 team will be.



  • Birmingham proposes three additional sports

    Commonwealth Games Australia to support the inclusion of women’s T20 cricket, beach volleyball and Para table tennis at Birmingham 2022.

  • Table Tennis Australia establish State training programs

    Table Tennis Australia has announced the establishment of State Training Programs in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth as part of the Commonwealth Games Australia high performance initiatives in the lead up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

  • On Tapper the world

    Two-time Paralympian Melissa Tapper has added another accolade to her growing list of achievements, becoming the first Australian to achieve Commonwealth Games glory in table tennis.

  • Tapper Welcomes full schedule

    Australia’s first dual Paralympian/Olympian and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Melissa Tapper has begun a full schedule, as she takes on both the able-bodied and Para-table tennis tournaments at GC2018 this week.