Qian Yang (table tennis) claimed Australia’s only table tennis gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, defeating teammate Lina Lei in the women’s class 6-10 final, the first all-Australian table tennis final at the Commonwealth Games. Her victory also kept the title in Australian hands after Melissa Tapper won at Gold Coast 2018. Born in Shaanxi – the province known around the world for the Terracotta Warriors – Qian began playing table tennis when she was five, encouraged by her cousin. However, she had her left arm amputated after an accident when she was eight. Qian moved to Australia in 2017 after representing China at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where she won gold in teams (2012) and silver in singles (2012, 2016) and teams event (2016). She then won two medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games representing Australia – gold in women’s class 10 singles and silver in the women’s class 9-10 teams. Qian was named winner of the Arthur Wilks Award as Australian Para Player of the Year in 2021, an award sponsored by Commonwealth Games Australia. She lives in Melbourne and is coached by Alois Rosario.
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