Mark Smythe Table Tennis

Australia's no. 1 coach

Melissa Tapper narrowly misses bronze at Paralympics

Melissa went through the biggest rollercoaster of emotions an athlete can deal with at the Paralympics and missed winning the bronze medal by just a few points. in the bronze medal match she played China’s, Feng Lei whom she had lost to 3-0 in the group phase. Melissa stormed out of the blocks winning the first 2 sets and looked set for the medal but as happens in sport, the tide turned and Lei won the next 2 sets and it all came down to the last set. After years of preparation, the next few minutes would determine the biggest extremes of emotions & feelings an athlete can go through. After a tense battle through the set it was Lei who won 11-7 with Melissa coming agonising close but was not to be unfortunately. To read my full report of this event read the latest newsletter edition (July & August)