Commonwealth Games 2018: Gold Coast, April 4-15

Age is no barrier for 11-year-old Anna

Paddler Anna Hursey is ranked first in Britain's Under-18 age group and is also in the top 20 of the world U-15 standings.
Paddler Anna Hursey is ranked first in Britain's Under-18 age group and is also in the top 20 of the world U-15 standings.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

It was a comprehensive defeat for the Welsh women's doubles pair by Australia and, as the four paddlers shook hands around the table on Friday, the announcer singled out one player for praise as the spectators cheered loudly.

Anna Hursey looked sheepish as she acknowledged the applause. She and team-mate Chloe Thomas might have been on the wrong end of an 8-11, 2-11, 2-11 scoreline but Anna's presence at the Commonwealth Games has hogged the headlines despite Wales bowing out of the team competition.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2018, with the headline 'Age is no barrier for 11-year-old Anna'. Print Edition | Subscribe