Earlier today, Table Tennis Australia named the national Australian able-bodied squad which included 2012 Summer Paralympian Melissa Tapper. She is one of five Victorians to be named to the men’s and women’s tier 1 national higher performance squad. Other members of the able-bodied tier 1 high performance team include Jian Fang Lay, Miao Miao, Sally Zhang, Chris Yan , Kane Townsend, David Powell, Heming Hu and William Henzell .
The 24-year-old Class 10 table tennis competitor is no stranger to competing against able-bodied players as she started her competitive table tennis career in that space in 2002. She was a member of the Australian team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, winning a bronze medal in the women’s team event.
On the Paralympic side, last year Tapper won a bronze medal at the Beijing hosted World Para Table Tennis Championships. At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, she finished just out of the medals in fourth place. In 2011, she won the 2011 Hungarian and Italian Opens. Tapper, who has Erbs palsy, added Paralympic table tennis to her competitive career in 2010.