HAMILTON’S Melissa Tapper (pictured) has finally had her years of hard work rewarded by gaining selection in the Australian team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in late July.
The 23-year-old finished fourth at the London Paralympics, but after many attempts has taken hold of one of the three women’s team members’ positions in the able-bodied squad.
Tapper earned her place in Glasgow after competing at the trials on the Gold Coast over the weekend against seven other women vying for a chance to be a part of the Commonwealth Games team.
Despite being considered only an outside chance to gain selection, Tapper, the seventh highest ranked Australian woman, impressed throughout the weekend and outshone many more experienced players.
Among those was four-time Olympian, Miao Miao, who although managing to defeat Tapper in their clash, had an otherwise difficult weekend and missed out on automatic selection, with the other two places being filled by fellow games debutant, Sally Zhang and Jiang Fang Lay.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.