updated 8:04 AM AEST, Jun 24, 2019


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Article - Melissa Tapper - How a town rallied behind me!



'I understand that it’s a special achievement to be the only Australian to have competed at the Olympics and Paralympics. But, to me, it’s always been about just being the best I can be, whether that’s against para athletes or able-bods.

There are a couple of reasons I think that way. Most of my time competing in table tennis has been against players who don’t have a disability. All through my junior years, right up to Olympic and Comm Games qualification events, I was just a table tennis player, not a para athlete. In fact, it wasn’t until I was 19 that I was introduced to para sport.

The other main reason is because I’d never really thought of myself as having a disability. I’d grown up always being treated the same as everybody else. When I did finally discover I had an opportunity to play para table tennis, it took a while to get my head around it. I was apprehensive because I’d never looked at myself that way.

That might sound a bit weird, given my condition, which I’ve had since I was born. During natural childbirth I became stuck and was pulled out by the right arm. It completely tore the nerves between my neck and shoulder. When I was growing up I was told it was called brachial plexus, but since I’ve been playing para sport, I’ve heard the term Erbs palsy. Either or, I think!

For the first four months of my life I had no use of my right arm. Then I had nerves taken from the back of my calf muscles and joined to the broken nerves in my shoulder, which gave me back some movement. I have limited use of my shoulder nowadays, though my right arm hasn’t developed and has much less strength than my left arm. I have no use of my wrist.

The thing is, when you’re born with a disability, you tend to work around it. You innovate and compensate to make sure you can still get things done. I wear a custom-made brace, which gives me some wrist strength and helps me use my arm. I can do pretty much everything. And, if I can’t do something, even though it might take a bit longer or look a bit different, I’ll find a way to do it.'

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Table Tennis NSW claimed two GOLD MEDALS and one SILVER MEDAL in Latrobe Churchill, Victoria, as the Teams Events wrapped up on Wed 10 Apr 2019.


NSW player, Alice Lee, also claimed a SILVER MEDAL as a member of the President’s Team in the Under 21 Women’s Team event.


Final results were:

Men's Teams: Gold - NSW (Kane Townsend, Chris Yan), Silver - Victoria (Dave Powell, Heming Hu, Xavier Dixon), Bronze - Victoria B (Dillon Chambers, Nicholas Lum, Ma Lin).
Women's Teams: Gold - Victoria (Jian Fang Lay, Lina Lei, Qian Yang), Silver - NSW (Michelle Bromley, Tracy Feng), Bronze - Queensland (Min Hyung Jee, Matilda Alexandersson).
Under 21 Men's Teams: Gold - NSW (James Kim, Hwan Bae), Silver - President's (Tim Huang, Leo Li), Bronze - Victoria (Matthew Avers, Richard Li).
Under 21 Women's Teams: Gold - Victoria (Parleen Kaur, Michelle Wu, Chermaine Quah), Silver - President's (Tahnee Green, Alice Lee), Bronze - President's B (Mia Psihogios, Connie Psihogios).

Congratulations to Kane, Chris, James, Hwan, Michelle, Tracy and Alice.


Full results can be viewed at:  http://nationals.tabletennis.org.au/senior_yout…/results.htm


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Vivian Table Tennis Training Camp for Juniors


Vivian Table Tennis Academy is offering an intensive holiday training squad for juniors who are interested in playing at a competition level. This 4-day intensive program will target the key growth areas of Table Tennis and focus on technique, strategy and physical fitness.  

About Vivian: Vivian Tan is a former Olympian and Commonwealth Games representative for Australia.   She was a Commonwealth medallist in Glasgow  and won 2016 ITTF- Oceania Cup. Vivian is passionate about coaching and ensuring there are pathways for juniors to develop into elite competitive  athletes.

Venue: Willoughby Squash Club CNR Willoughby Road and Small Street Willoughby, NSW 2068

Date: 15th April to 18th April 2019 Time: 9am to 3pm

Cost: $100 per day, $400 four days

Numbers are strictly limited for this intensive program, to ensure we maintain the quality of the sessions.

Please contact Vivian Tan if you are interested.  0430 127 108 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Want to see our NSW players in action at Latrobe Churchill, Victoria, from the comfort of your chair? Tune in to the Live Streaming on Wed 10 Apr and Sat 13 Apr to see our NSW players competing for medals in the Teams Events and the Individual Events. See Table Tennis Australia’s post below for times and connection details.

Livestreaming will be available on the TTA Facebook page and TTA website tomorrow 10 April and Saturday 13 April. My Sport Live as the Official Broadcast Partner will provide coverage.
- Wednesday 10 April, 9.00am-9.00pm AEST: Men's Team and Women's Team events later rounds and medal matches.
- Saturday 13 April: 9.00am-2.30pm AEST: Men's Singles and Women's Singles medal matches.
To view the livestreaming, tune into the TTA Facebook page, or go to the dedicated event website: http://nationals.tabletennis.org.au/senior_yout…/results.htm


A star studded cast will assemble in Latrobe Churchill, check out some of the names who’ll be hunting national titles!

Women: defending champion Minhyung Jee, 7 times Commonwealth Games medallist Jian Fang Lay, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Melissa Tapper, Commonwealth Games representatives Michelle Bromley and Tracy Feng, rising stars Parleen Kaur and Michelle Wu, plus multiple Paralympic Games gold medallists Qian Yang and Lina Lei.

Men: Aussie number 1 Heming Hu, defending champion Chris Yan, Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games representative David Powell, Commonwealth Games representative Kane Townsend, defending Under 21 champion Rohan Dhooria, the always dangerous Bruno Levis, young guns Finn Luu and Nicholas Lum, multiple Paralympic Games gold medallist Ma Lin, plus Rio Paralympic silver medallist Sam von Einem.

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