VIS Paralympic table tennis athlete, Melissa Tapper has taken another huge step towards her goal to rewrite Australian Olympic history, with her third place finish at the Australian Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tweed Heads.
At 25, Tapper is aiming to become the first Australian to compete at both an Olympics and a Paralympics.
Having placed third at this week’s tournament, Tapper is still in the mix for team and singles selection as she progresses to the Oceania Championships and the final qualification step before the Rio Olympics.
Tapper overcame four-time Olympian Miao Miao 4-1 in the final round robin match and is still in the mix for one of a possible three spots on the Australian team heading to Brazil.
Advancing to the second stage of round-robin matches after placing sixth in the opening rounds, Tapper fought her way to the top of the table to finish third and book her spot to the Oceania Championships to be held in Bendigo from 22- 25 March.
Final results from the AOQT found here.