Tapper turns tables on the concept of disability

Australia's Melissa Tapper on her way to winning the women's TT6-10 singles gold medal against Nigeria's Faith Obazuaye at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on April 14.
Australia's Melissa Tapper on her way to winning the women's TT6-10 singles gold medal against Nigeria's Faith Obazuaye at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on April 14.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Tears welled up in Melissa Tapper's eyes and her voice broke as she struggled to contain her emotions last Saturday.

The 28-year-old para-paddler had just won Australia's first table tennis gold medal at the Commonwealth Games since the sport was introduced in 2002, in front of an adoring home crowd at the Oxenford Studios, no less.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 21, 2018, with the headline 'Tapper turns tables on the concept of disability'. Print Edition | Subscribe