Jian Fang Lay
Jian Fang Lay (table tennis) created history at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games where she competed at her sixth Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, a record for an Australian woman shared with Rachael Grinham. It followed a record sixth Olympic appearance in Tokyo in 2021. In Birmingham, the 49-year-old added two medals to her burgeoning collection: silver in the women’s doubles with Min Hyung Jee and bronze in the women’s team, bringing her career tally at the Games to nine. Jian has represented Australia at every Games since table tennis was first held at Manchester 2002. Jian was born in Wenzhou, China and started playing as a six-year-old. Her father was a keen player and she was a provincial champion by the age of 11. The now mother of two moved to Melbourne in 1994 with her husband, training partner and coach Jorge Lay.
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Why did you begin your sport?
Parents loved table tennis
Do you have any pre-competition routines or rituals?
listen to music
What is your most memorable sporting achievement?
4 silver 3 bronze Commonwealth Games
Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?
Cathy Freeman and yes I have met her
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Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?
Shopping eating out