by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
Present in 2016 at each the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games, Melissa Tapper was a avenue forward of the sector, a contest the place the distinction within the stage of incapacity was huge.
Nevertheless, although she didn’t trigger any upsets, a Commonwealth Games medal is treasured reward for hours of coaching; the look on her face when standing on the highest step of the rostrum mirrored that truth, the look was one in every of pleasure.
“All my family came to watch, Paralympic table tennis has created many openings for me. It’s been so good to play in front of a home crowd. In the Women’s Team event we just missed out on a medal so to win today was special.” Melissa Tapper
Success for Melissa Tapper, within the fast previous bronze medal match it had additionally been success for Australia. Andrea McDonnell beat England’s Felicity Pickard in three straight video games (11-2, 11-6, 11-7).
Bronze for Andrea McDonnell but the Queen ought to give Felicity Pickard platinum; merely for having the sheer guts to go on the market centre stage, within the highlight, competing towards a participant from the host nation in a packed Oxenford Auditorium.
The distinction in incapacity was far too nice, Felicity Pickard is Class 6, Andrea McDonnell is Class 10; for the English participant from Burnley within the north west of the nation, who has to make use of a strolling stick to be able to stand, it was an not possible activity.
Fourth place, only one step wanting a medal, it’s the worst place to complete, but Felicity Pickard was probably the most constructive individual within the auditorium
“You go out there and get on with the job and do your best; it’s been really good that Para Table Tennis has been part of the Commonwealth Games. It’s good for people too se Para play. We are disabled but we train just as hard as able bodied players, it’s no different. Here in Australia as part of Team England it has been fantastic; I’ve enjoyed every minute.” Felicity Pickard
Defeat for Felicity Pickard but for me, I settle for I’m additionally from England and I could also be biased but she was the bravest participant in Gold Coast.
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